Saxophonist Willie Garnett’s Sudden Death Shocked Fans
We are sad to announce the great saxophonist Willie Garnett’s death at the age of 85. Garnett was born in Haifa on August 25, 1936, and passed away in London on Friday, October 15, 2021.
As bandleader of his own big band, his strong and cutting sound, the joy, and the fluency in his playing are unforgettable.
He was a ‘one-off’ and a genuinely lovely man. According to his friends, Willie Garnett spread joy and humor, sharing loads of great stories in a place for sax players, or in his Big Band, or at a Bulls Head Tony Lee guest night.
He gave a great deal of support and encouragement to those starting out in a tough profession.
There is no official report about Willie Garnett’s cause of death, but we are waiting for more official information, so stay with us. More information will be updated as we receive it.
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Reactions to Willie Garnett’s Death
Several fans, friends, and supporters reacted and stated their condolences on social media websites following this tragic news.
Ray Gelato wrote: “Today I heard the sad news that Willie Garnett has left us. Willie was a kind, gentle and generous man and one of the best sax repair men in the business.” He added that “He came to my 50th Birthday party and I had just invited him to my 60th, next week. Sadly it wasn’t to be. RIP Willy Garnett. You were a one off, and we’ll miss you so much.”
Paul Weimar wrote on Facebook: “I have just learned that my dearest old friend and mentor Willie Garnett has passed away. I am absolutely devastated by this news. Willie was one of the greatest human beings you could ever meet. Companionate, generous, talented, and funny. I spent most of my late teens hanging out with Willie, sitting in with him on jazz gigs around London and learning my trade. Rest in peace, old friend; I wish I had managed to say goodbye.”
Another commented: “I met him a couple of times when I was a volunteer at the Bracknell Jazz Festival in the early ’80s. He was a really friendly man. Loved his playing as well.”
Please kindly scroll down and use the comment box to share your feelings about the heartbreaking news for tributes and prayers. Please keep in mind that the family needs privacy; please respect them during this difficult time. He leaves behind his family members; “Sue,” “Alex,” “Louise” and “Roger.”
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