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Jimmy Feighan

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 vibes player. But he was also a very talented drummer and tenor saxophonist.

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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 vocalists.

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.

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