Music fans say farewell to jazz man Dave Savill

Dave Savill
Dave Savill

JAZZ fans have been remembering a stalwart supporter of the borough’s music scene who passed away peacefully after a long illness.

Dave Savill. above, who used to live in Tring, was well known as a jazz musician and during the 1970s was active in bringing well known jazz bands to Dacorum.

Deputy Lieutenant of Hertfordshire Derek Townsend remembers him as one of the main musical drivers in the area being involved in the Dacorum Arts Trust between 1974 and 1979.

He said: “He was a very understanding person and was able to put my ideas into practice.”

Mr Savill was equally well known in classical brass playing and teaching, brass band conducting and enjoyed a national reputation as a jazz cornet, trumpet and flugelhorn player.

He was a member of the John Dickinson Band in Apsley, played with Keith Nichols in the Midnight Follies Orchestra.

He was a member of the Syd Lawrence Orchestra, Terry Lightfoot Band, George Chisholm’s Gentlemen of Jazz and Mike Lovall and his All Stars.

Mr Lovall said: “I never heard him say a bad word about anyone and not only was Dave one of the finest cornet players in the country, he was a very nice bloke.

Mr Savill passed away, aged 67, at a hospice in Ulverston on New year’s Eve. His funeral was held on Tuesday, January 10 in Barrow-In-Furness.