Bute jazz founder honoured on ‘walk of fame’

The new tile on the Jazz Walk of Fame in Enkhuizen, dedicated to Phil Mason and his New Orleans All-Stars. (Pic - Cor Dekker)
The new tile on the Jazz Walk of Fame in Enkhuizen, dedicated to Phil Mason and his New Orleans All-Stars. (Pic - Cor Dekker)

A new tile has been unveiled on the Jazz Walk of Fame in the Dutch town of Enkhuizen in memory of the founding father of the Isle of Bute Jazz Festival.

The tile, dedicated to Phil Mason and his New Orleans Allstars, was unveiled last Saturday, June 6 - almost exactly a year since Phil’s death at the age of 74 following a long illness.

The unveiling, during the 42nd Enkhuizen Jazz Festival, was performed by Phil’s wife Hanne and her sister Netta, and attended by hundreds of fans and musicians, while two former members of the band, Jonny Boston and ‘Gentleman’ Jim McIntosh, closed the ceremony with two verses of the spiritual song, Just A Closer Walk With Thee.

Sam Verbeek, the chairman of Sgt. Pepper’s Jazz Club in Enkhuizen, which initiated the Jazz Walk of Fame in 2008, said it was “a wonderfully moving unforgettable occasion” celebrating the life of a regular visitor to the Enkhuizen festival.