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Jazz musician Terry ‘was wonderful host’

S14340768x The family of Steyning jazz musician Terry Whitney

S14340768x The family of Steyning jazz musician Terry Whitney

A WELL-KNOWN Steyning jazz musician has been remembered as a ‘kind’ and popular man by his family after his unexpected passing earlier this month.

Steyning resident and accomplished pianist Terry Whitney was a major figure in the Sussex jazz scene and played with famous musicians like Danny Moss.

On August 2, Terry died unexpectedly from a severe brain haemorrhage at the age of 82.

Daughter, Rebecca Whitney-Leggatt said he had ‘touched so many people’.

“He lived his life in a very understated way,” the 47-year-old added.

“He was a very generous and kind man. He had an amazing intelligence and he was a wonderful host –we always had a house full of musicians, family and friends.

“He had a gentle presence and everybody who knew him recognised that, and he touched so many people.”

Eldest son, Ben, 50, said: “The house has always been full of music.”

His wife, Jean, said she was first attracted to Mr Whitney’s humour.

She recalled: “We were driving to Rottingdean and he said I’m not taking my foot off the accelerator until you marry me – he got up to 99mph before I said okay,” she said, laughing at the memory.

In the 1960s, Mr Whitney joined the Riverside Jump Band and forged a long friendship with renowned trombonist Keith Samuel.

He also composed music for television test cards, which used to be played after a channel ended its broadcast.

Although a successful lawyer, this did not take Mr Whitney away from his love of music and working with the likes of Bruce Turner, Sandy Brown and Mick Mulligan.

Instead of flowers, the family has asked those attending the funeral to make a donation to charity, CDH UK, after Terry’s grandson was born with a hole in his diaphragm.

He is survived by his wife, three children and four grandchildren.

 

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