Dennie Vidal Funeral – 4 November

Dennie Vidal (r) and Ray Carless (l)

Sound engineer Dennie Vidal (r) with saxophonist, Ray Carless (l) [courtesy of John Henry’s]

Sharing details of the funeral of Jazz Jamaica’s former sound engineer, our brother in sound: Dennie Vidal. Still cannot believe he’s gone. One of the good guys.

11.00am on Wednesday 4 November

Our Lady of Good Counsel
Bouverie Road
Stoke Newington
London N16 0AJ

T: 020 8800 5250

The hearse will arrive at 28 Harcombe Road StokeNewington London
N16 0SA at 10.30, and make its way to the Church for 11.00am

Then a gathering to celebrate the life of Dennie Vidal will take place at around 2.00pm at

WaterWorks Centre
Lammas Road
(Off the Lea Bridge Road)
E10 7QB

The family do not want flowers but instead would like a small donation for St Joseph Hospice. A collection will take place at the venue.

See you there.

Also check out the nice tribute from the guys at John Henry’s 

RIP Dennie Vidal – Sound Engineer extraordinaire

©2002-2015 Dune Music:  Jazz Jamaica All Stars in 2002

©2002-2015 Dune Music – Line-up of Jazz Jamaica All Stars back in 2002 that Dennie would have done sound for.

‪#‎RIP‬ ‪#‎DennieVidal‬ Absolutely gutted to share the news about Jazz Jamaica‘s former sound engineer, #DennieVidal who passed away this morning after losing a battle with pancreatic cancer. Just cannot believe it. He was just 51 years old. Coming on top of the death of ‪#‎RicoRodriguez‬, this is truly depressing news for all of us in Jazz Jamaica.

Don’t have a photo of him at this time – will try to root one out – but those who worked with him will be deeply upset to hear about his passing. We’re awaiting news of the funeral arrangements.

Rest in deep musical peace, Brother Dennie. You will be greatly missed. Peace and love.

RIP Coleridge Goode 1914-2015

©2014 J Irons-Coleridge Goode 29Nov14

It is with the deepest sadness that I share the news of the passing of my very dear friend and mentor, the Jamaican bassist, Coleridge Goode. He died at his home in West London following a heart attack at 8pm on Friday 2 October.

It was my great privilege to have celebrated his 100th birthday with Coleridge and his wonderful family last November, and I’d really hoped we would be marking his 101st with him this year. Sadly this was not to be.

I’ll write in more detail soon, but just wanted to share this very sad news with friends and fans of Coleridge.

My heartfelt condolences go to Coleridge’s children – daughter, Sandy and son, James. And coming not so long after the passing of Coleridge’s beautiful wife, Gertrude (23 June 2015) makes this all the more sad.

If you’d like to leave a message of condolence, please feel free to do so here under ‘Comments’ or you can use the Coleridge Goode Facebook Page set up for his 100th birthday – I’ll be passing on any messages to Coleridge’s family directly.

Rest in sweet musical peace my dear, dear friend, Coleridge. We are all going to miss you.


Roll on Brother Ronny Jordan. RIP (1962-2014)

Ronny JordanIt’s so very sad to hear of the death of Brother Ronny Jordan

Ronny was a polite, chilled, likeable guy. Although I was asked, we never got around to playing a formal gig together, just a couple of jam sessions. He knew of my uncle, Ernest Ranglin so we always had something to talk about. We even spoke a few times about the possibility of Ronny doing a Jazz Jamaica set with us one day.

Ronny was one of a group of talented West Londoners I met in the mid-Eighties. He shone a light that helped show many British-born African-Caribbean musicians a world of opportunity beyond our shores, and provided employment and an artistic outlet for many young musicians for nigh on 20 years. Overall, my impression of Ronny is that he was a giver more than a taker. I liked and admired him a lot.

He also did something rare that will be remembered forever: he had a Jazz hit, making his success a success for the whole of the UK Jazz scene.

Roll on Brother Ronny Jordan. RIP.

RIP Ken Gordon (1927-2013)

Ken Gordon with Gary Crosby

Ken Gordon and me

A sad week in which we heard of the passing of Ken Gordon last Saturday (2 Nov). Such a pity. He was a wonderful individual and a rich source of information on jazz in London in the 1950s and 60s, always generous with his time and knowledge. I enjoyed many hours listening and talking to him at Coleridge Goode’s house over the years. Not only a fount of jazz knowledge, he was always just so cool, the personification of hipness – ALWAYS sharply dressed – and a perfect gentleman.

Below is the notice posted by my good friend, Ken’s cousin, Margaret Busby.

Goodbye, and rest in peace, brother Ken. Thank you for sharing.

Kenneth Clifford Montgomery Gordon (13 February 1927 – 2 November 2013)

We regret to announce the death in London, aged 86, of Ken Gordon, youngest son of the late Clara Marguerite Gordon (née Christian) and Dr Edgar Fitzgerald Gordon (

Born in Somerset, Bermuda, on 13 February 1927, Ken – the second boy after four previous girls – was said by his father to have been knighted at birth, being given names to fit the initials KCMG. The Trinidad-born Dr Gordon (1895-1955) had settled in Bermuda in 1924 with his Dominican wife, after having studied medicine in Edinburgh and then conducting medical practice in Scotland and in Dominica. Clara (1895-1964) was a great influence on the early lives of her children; she had trained as a singer at Oberlin College, Ohio, before beginning medical studies at Edinburgh University, where she met and married Edgar, curtailing her studies.

Ken and his brother Teddy (1924-91; later known as Hakim) were initially educated in Bermuda: first, by his mother and a private tutor at the family home “Gordon Villa”, near Manchester Street, Somerset, and subsequently at the Bertha Higgins School at Tin Top, Sound View Road. They then attended the Berkeley Institute, where Ken was a bright though rebellious student, refusing to shave his beard – which he would keep for the rest of his life.

In 1944, the brothers boarded a ship sailing to Scotland, where they entered Edinburgh University, with the intention of studying medicine; their four sisters were also being educated overseas.  Unfortunately, despite assistance from their grandfather George James Christian (1868-1940), a barrister who had settled in West Africa in the Gold Coast (now Ghana), financial constraints forced Teddy and Ken to discontinue university studies. Instead they both began to make fuller use of the musical talents inherited from their maternal side, gaining popularity singing with local jazz bands.

Moving to London, in 1948 (the year his parliamentarian father Dr Gordon changed his name to “Mazumbo” in protest at the racist treatment of Black Bermudians) Ken formed a vocal group called the Four Tune-Tellers, the other members being Dennis Hayward, Irving Farren and Frankie (Frances) Smith. However, Kenny soon moved on to join another group, the Three Just Men, alongside George Browne (otherwise known as the calypsonian Young Tiger) and Horace Dawson, presenting a repertoire that ranged from spirituals to bebop.  With Ken sometimes doubling on drums and piano, the group for the next two years toured throughout Europe (sharing a bill in Marseilles with Charlie Parker) and in North Africa.  On returning to London, Ken continued to play gigs as a regular drummer, in addition to performing as a mellow-voiced singer, not only in Britain but in Paris, Amsterdam and elsewhere on the continent.  Over the years he worked with notable musicians such as Humphrey Lyttelton, Cab Kaye, Shake Keane and Dizzy Reece, at many fashionable venues that included Mayfair’s Stork Club, Les Ambassadeurs, the Dorchester, L’Hirondelle and Gattopardo. In the 1963 film The Small World of Sammy Lee together with Jamaican bassist Coleridge Goode he appeared (uncredited) in a nightclub sequence featuring a piano trio.

Kenny was a well loved and respected figure on the London jazz scene: in later years, a regular at every concert of note mounted by Serious Music, an indefatigable after-hours companion to musicians and promoters, counting among his close friends the likes of veteran singer Tony Bennett, drummer Roy Haynes and trumpeter Guy Barker.

Kenny is survived by his son Tara, daughter Serena and wife Rene, his elder sister Marjorie Davis (mother of broadcaster Moira Stuart and Sandra Simmons and Sharon Davis-Murdoch), and many other family members in Britain, Ghana, Canada, the USA, the Caribbean and Bermuda, including his brother’s widow Kunu and her daughters Oonie, Lula, Aku and Mya.

Margaret Busby (1st Cousin)