Tribute concert for jazz music pioneer

Michael Garrick, jazz pianist and composer, who died on November 11, 2011, with his MBE.
Michael Garrick, jazz pianist and composer, who died on November 11, 2011, with his MBE.

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.