It is with great sadness that Wakefield Jazz announce that Chris de Saram, Wakefield Jazz promoter, has died aged 72. Friends recall him deep in conversation in the clubhouse whilst studying the Brecon Jazz programme and the concerts he’d enjoyed. He had an encyclopaedic knowledge of jazz and a deep enthusiasm which he shared with everyone he met. He will be greatly missed.
The following tributes have been received from fellow FoBJ members:
“Learnt more from him in a weekend than over many years.”, Mike Talbot, past Chairman FoBj
“Friendly, enthusiastic, outspoken and passionate jazz aficionado….appreciated by a wide age group.”, Marc Edwards
“We share Marc’s respect and liking for Chris and are sad to hear this news. He had been a member for years and was always a pleasure to talk to.” Arlene Jones.
The funeral will take place this Friday, 7 September. Please go to http://www.wakefieldjazz.org/ to see details of funeral arrangements and how you can attend.