Stalwart of Doncaster jazz scene dies

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A stalwart of Doncaster’s jazz music scene has died.

Trumpeter Cliff Wilson, 74, whose career spanned several decades, was a familiar face on the town’s musical scene as well as nationally.

Hexthorpe born Cliff initially learned trumpet as a Salvation Army bandsman before catching the jazz bug and beginning to perform with local ‘trad’ outfits in the early 50s, notably with the pioneering Saratoga Jazzmen and later fronting The Climax Jazz Band.

He was later involved with The Shades of Jazz ensemble where he played alongside Humph Lyttelton, among others. He leaves a wife Una and sons Ashley and Stevan.

Jazz expert CJ Worsdale said: “He was a key figure on the scene, locally and nationally.”