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Celebration in Rothesay for jazz musician Phil Mason

Phil Mason, the founding father of the Isle of Bute Jazz Festival, died on Monday, June 9 after a long illness. (Pic by Andy Walters)

Phil Mason, the founding father of the Isle of Bute Jazz Festival, died on Monday, June 9 after a long illness. (Pic by Andy Walters)

 

A celebration of the life of renowned jazz musician and Bute resident Phil Mason will be held in Rothesay this Saturday, June 14.

Phil, who died on Monday, June 9 after a long illness, and his wife Hanne founded the Isle of Bute Jazz Festival in 1988, and used Phil’s extensive contacts book from a 45-year professional career to attract world-famous trad jazz musicians such as Kenny Ball, Acker Bilk and Chris Barber to the event, bringing thousands of visitors to Bute each May bank holiday weekend.

For much of his professional career Phil commuted between London and the family home on Bute, playing in at least 160 gigs every year, first with Max Collie’s Rhythm Aces and then, from the early 1990s onwards, with his own band, Phil Mason’s New Orleans All-Stars.

Saturday’s service of celebration, at Trinity Church in the town’s Castle Street, venue for many years for the festival’s popular Jazz Praise Service, begins at 11am.

 

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