JIMMY FEIGHAN, a much-loved character on the Glasgow jazz scene, died
at the weekend. He was 66.
Mr Feighan, who had been ill for about a year, was best known as a
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vibes player. But he was also a very talented drummer and tenor
He came to the fore in the sixties when he joined the quartet formed
by Peggy O'Keefe at the Chevalier Restaurant in Glasgow. Their working
association lasted many years and they also took part in radio and
television broadcasts together.
Miss O'Keefe said last night: ''Jimmy, apart from being an extremely
talented musician was just a lovely, affable person.''
Veteran jazz musician Bobby Thomson said: ''The first time I met Jimmy
he was playing the drums with a pipe band at a dance in the Central
Hotel, Glasgow. He was just a boy then but I realised he had a very
special talent. Afterwards he came to me for tenor sax lessons.''
When he was running his own group at Glasgow's Lorne Hotel Mr Feighan
helped Carol Kidd make her comeback to the scene. She had been raising a
family and lacked confidence. After her appearance with Mr Feighan she
went on to become an international star.
In the early days of Scottish Television he fronted the orchestra for
the Rooftop Dance Party series which featured many of Britain's top
Musician Bobby Wishart, who worked with him over the years, said:
''Jimmy was a catalyst who was responsible for bringing together the
talents of a great many people.''
In addition to his public appearances, Mr Feighan also taught the
drums in Glasgow schools.
He leaves his partner, Bernice.