TRIBUTES have been paid following the death of Michael Garrick MBE, the renowned musician and co-founder of the Berkhamsted Jazz Club.
Mr Garrick , who lived in Castle Street, helped set up the club in 1982 after moving to the town.
His funeral on Monday at Chilterns Crematorium was followed by a memorial concert at Berkhamsted Civic Centre attended by jazz greats including Nigel Kennedy, Dame Cleo Laine and Jacqui Dankworth.
Barry Burchett, vice chairman of the club, said: “It was quite a concert. An awful lot of the jazz fraternity were there.
“Through his contacts we were able to get top line jazz people to come along to the club. He leaves a big hole.”
Mr Garrick, who was club president, died on November 11 at the age of 78 at Harefield Hospital following heart surgery after being taken ill at a gig.
He was a highly-respected jazz pianist and composer, playing with small groups and his big band.
He leaves six children and nine grandchildren from two ex-wives and a former partner.