Parade tribute to jazzman Ian

The musicians on the New Orleans-style parade through Brighton

The musicians on the New Orleans-style parade through Brighton

First published in News by , Reporter

MUSICIANS came together in memory of a beloved jazzman who passed away after a battle against pancreatic cancer.

Trumpet players, saxophonists, drummers and singers all marched their way through Brighton’s lanes on Wedneday as they remembered their friend Brighton-based jazz musician Ian Price who died aged 41.

Mr Price passed away just one day before the jazz community was set to hold a benefit concert for him.

The New Orleans-esque jazz procession snaked its way from the Nelson pub, passing some of Ian’s favourite gigging venues before coming to an end with a tribute concert at the Brighthelm Centre.

Terry Seabrook, a jazz pianist, joined the parade and was a friend and band mate of Ian’s.He had known Ian since he first moved to Brighton 15 years ago.

Mr Seabrook said: “We travelled together, both around the county and aboard. He was very committed, very generous, always honest and a wonderful musician.

“He had recorded on five albums but never under his own name.“He was just about getting ready to record his own album before he became ill; even then he was still talking about it.

“There were about 300 people there on Wednesday, he had so many friends and I do not think even he knew he how many he had.

“When we would get back to Brighton in the early hours he would head to his studio to practice.

“He was so supportive to other musicians - we have lost a musical talent and a unique man.” Another friend of Ian’s, Martin Sinclair, described him as a “world class” and said the procession in his memory was “deafening” - with people “hanging out of windows” on either side of the streets to get a glimpse of the parade.

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7:52pm Fri 5 Sep 14

wolf miguel says...

Was this the Ian Price the pianist who played for Claire Martin? If so I saw him years back doing so @ the OMAC Hove. Fine Chap.
Was this the Ian Price the pianist who played for Claire Martin? If so I saw him years back doing so @ the OMAC Hove. Fine Chap. wolf miguel
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12:41pm Sat 6 Sep 14

JimP says...

We are lucky to have many very high class jazz musicians in the Brighton area, and Ian Price was one of the best of them. Primarily on saxophone, but also latterly on flute and clarinet, his playing showed both technical mastery and great beauty, a combination not always found together. The description "world class" is no exaggeration.

We gave him a great send-off last Wednesday; he will be greatly missed.
We are lucky to have many very high class jazz musicians in the Brighton area, and Ian Price was one of the best of them. Primarily on saxophone, but also latterly on flute and clarinet, his playing showed both technical mastery and great beauty, a combination not always found together. The description "world class" is no exaggeration. We gave him a great send-off last Wednesday; he will be greatly missed. JimP
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