Bute jazz legend’s son to lead festival parade

Jenny Brown and her younger son Paul at the 2015 Isle of Bute Jazz Festival.
Jenny Brown and her younger son Paul at the 2015 Isle of Bute Jazz Festival.

The son of Bute jazz favourite Jenny Brown will lead the brolly parade at this year’s Isle of Bute Jazz Festival.

Paul Knowles and his partner Rosie will lead the parade through the centre of Rothesay on the morning of Saturday, April 30 as a tribute to Jenny, who died in November aged 88.

Paul and Rosie will follow a tradition set by Jenny from the very start of the festival back in 1988 when they lead the parade from Guildford Square, along Montague Street and Deanhood Place to the fountain on the Esplanade gardens.

The decision by Paul and Rosie to accept the invitation to be the parade’s marshals this year has been warmly welcomed by festival chairman, Tim Saul, who said: “Filling Jenny’s shoes is no easy feat but if anyone can do it, it is Paul and Rosie.

“We are delighted they have agreed to take on Jenny’s mantle and I think she would have approved,” he said.

Paul was there at the 2015 parade to assist Jenny, who had discharged herself from hospital in order to take her traditional place in the event.

Commented Paul: “We know how much my mother Jenny adored the Jazz Festival and how privileged she felt leading the parade. Jenny would be so proud to know that Rosie and I will walk in her footsteps and hopefully do her memory justice on the day.

“We do this as a tribute to mum and thank the committee for this honour and hope everyone has a fun day with lots of brollies on show which would be a fitting tribute to mum or Jazz Jenny as everyone has come to know her.”