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Jazz legend dies

PUBLISHED: 14:02 21 January 2010 | UPDATED: 17:32 25 August 2010

Geoff Down playing at the 100 Club.

Geoff Down playing at the 100 Club.

A NEW Orleans style parade led a funeral cortege in honour of a much-loved musician. The funeral of jazz drummer Geoff Down, of Eardley Road, Upper Belvedere, took place on Tuesday featuring a procession led by a troupe of Good Time Jazz players. Marchi

A NEW Orleans style parade led a funeral cortege in honour of a much-loved musician.

The funeral of jazz drummer Geoff Down, of Eardley Road, Upper Belvedere, took place on Tuesday featuring a procession led by a troupe of Good Time Jazz players.

Marching along Eardley Road to the All Saints Church in Nuxley Road from 11.30am, the band played in time for a noon service for the musician who died in December.

Friend Dick Waterhouse, of Sidcup Jazz Club, said: "He was a major player in the traditional jazz scene. Geoff was of the mainstays of the 100-Club in Oxford Street, which was the Mecca of jazz in this country."

Mr Down was a major player in the local club team until he suffered a massive stroke on May 15, 1993 whilst playing in his Crescent City Jazz Band at a dance held by the Parent Teachers Association at Bexleyheath School which rendered him wheelchair bound until his death.

For a full obituary, see next week's Bexley Times.

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