Simon Spillett, has sent the sad news that Vic Ash, one of the great British reedsmen, died earlier today. Simon, who worked extensively with Vic Ash in recent years, writes:
"With great sadness I can confirm that legendary clarinettist and saxophonist Vic Ash passed away this afternoon, aged 84.
"We have lost not only one of the founding fathers of British modern jazz, and a truly gifted instrumentalist, but one of the true gentleman of the music profession. His talent, wit and wisdom will be missed by everyone who knew him - fans and fellow players alike.
"Deepest condolences to Vic's wife Helen and their family.
Vic Ash (March 9th 1930-October 24th 2014) "
LINKS: Peter Vacher's Guardian Obituary
We reviewed Vic Ash's Quintet playing at the Concorde in Eastleigh in 2009.
Lance Liddle has also reported the news