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Rod Chambers; Obituaries: Jazz musician.

ONE of Huddersfield's most respected jazz musicians has died.

Rod Chambers, 66, was one of the leading lights in the Savannah Jazz Band which was very well known in the region.

And he was also involved with many other jazz groups over most of his life.

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Mr Chambers was born in Golcar and brought up in Honley.

In his teens, he secured a place at university in Liverpool and moved away to Merseyside.

It was there that he fell in love with the jazz scene - in particular, the New Orleans style of the genre.

He visited the city seven times in all and made friends with many of the great jazz musicians from New Orleans.

His first engagements as a musician came in the early 1960s, when he started playing with Jeff Miller in Yorkshire before moving to Manchester to join The Ged Hone Ragtime Band.

Mr Chambers was a reeds man, playing clarinet, alto and tenor sax.

He helped formed the Dave Donohoe Band in 1973 and then moved to London in 1977 to join Mike Casimir's New Iberia Stompers.

He helped form the Louisiana Joymakers and also played with Colin Kingwell's Jazz Bandits.

The Savannah Jazz Band had been his musical "home" for the past four years. The band was formed in 1979 and Mr Chambers joined them in January 2006, playing on their regular gigs at the former Station Tavern in Huddersfield.

He was still playing music right up until his death.

Mr Chambers worked for many years as an engineer in the water industry.

He leaves a widow, Valerie, and a daughter from a previous marriage.

A funeral took place at St John The Baptist Church in Bromsgrove, where he had been living for several years.

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Title Annotation:Editorial
Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Article Type:Obituary
Geographic Code:1U7LA
Date:Feb 1, 2011
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