Jazz doyen to leave his role

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A mainstay of the Doncaster music scene for the last three decades is bowing out from his role.

Charlie Worsdale is leaving the Jazz into Doncaster Committee after more than 30 years because of health reasons.

Charlie – the Free Press’s former jazz writer – said: “No one is indispensable, however it is with much regret and trepidation to announce that I have taken the regrettable decision to cease my connection with the Jazz into Doncaster Committee,”

Since 1982, Charlie has been actively involved promoting music in town, bringing acts such as Humphrey Lyttleton and Chris Barber to Doncaster.

He said that the Lyttleton concert, at the Civic Theatre, was the highlight of his time putting on gigs.

“That’s definitely my best memory – his attitude and music just hit the spot. It was a wonderful night,” Charlie added.

He said that there was also some doubt about the continuation of Jazz into Doncaster.

“Efforts are in progress to find interested parties who may be willing to pick up the baton,” Charlie said.

John Ellis MBE, of the Doncaster Youth Jazz Association, said: “Charlie’s determination and persuasive skills have secured the interest of many of this country’s top-drawer jazz exponents, and the best of Yorkshire talent.”