Photo courtesy of Charlie Chan
An ever increasing list of star performers will be turning out on Monday at the Ronnie Scott's benefit gig for Chris Dagley's family. As it stands, the following have been confirmed to take their turn on stage in memory of Chris:
Natalie Williams, Jamie Cullum, Claire Martin, Mike Lindup, Liane Carroll, Phil Gould, Carleen Anderson, James Pearson, The Ronnie Scott's All Stars, Jim Mullen, Selena Jones and Rick Astley.
The variety of performers reflects the far reaching and varied career of the much loved and much missed house drummer. LondonJazz have been informed that on the night, a framed photo of Chris signed by the evening's musicians will be auctioned off to the highest bidder. Let's hope there are deep pockets in the room.
I have a feeling this will be one of those gigs that stays in the memory for a very long time.
UPDATE: The concert has now SOLD OUT but for those of you who are attending, Lizzie Ball has been added to the line-up and a raffle of all sorts of prizes will be held on the night.
FURTHER UPDATE: Neil Williams has set up a memorial site for Chris, which will be selling music downloads donated by Gerard Presencer, NYJO, Neil Williams and Nigel Hitchcock, with all profits going to Chris' family.