Jim Trimmer writes:
“Dick Laurie (Band Leader, Clarinet player, Editor/Journalist, Wit and all round Good Chap…) was an early victim of Covid in April 2020. It’s been tricky to organise any kind of memorial do since then, what with lockdowns and other unhelpful interventions, but we’re finally got something sorted out (details in the flyer below)
Among the people who will be putting in an appearance to celebrate the Elastic Band era are Alan Barnes, Al Nicholls and Janusz Carmello.”
Update 11 Jan 2022. Digby Fairweather has uploaded pictures of the event including this one. OTHER PHOTOS.
LINK: Dick Laurie’s passing reported on Facebook by Ian Maund of Sandy Brown Jazz
Flier by Paula Martyr from Half Moon from 2018
You might well have spotted a number of distinguished faces from the London swing/mainstream scene, like Digby Fairweather, Alan Barnes, Paul Sealey, Al Nichols, Nils Solberg, Janusz Carmello and Denis Smith, supplemented by a good turn-out of local talent and an audience including many of Dick’s oldest friends from the Half Moon days and earlier.
Not a reply really but a comment from a longtime friend of Dick’s and occasional attendee at those Sunday lunches – occasional because I lived in Dublin. I also was instrumental in getting the band to play in various configurations in Ireland. Marvellous player, splendid band. I attended his “zoom” funeral which was a terrible shock and a very sad affair. Since then I have been unable to contact Anne. Can anyone reading this offer a solution to that.