In a special edition of our Frank Renton on Brass free podcast, Frank marks the death of James Shepherd, the former principal cornet of the Black Dyke Mills Band, and the founder of the James Shepherd Versatile Brass ensemble. He passed away on Thursday 22nd June, aged 86.
When he recorded this short podcast, Frank said:
"I’m talking about one of my dearest and oldest friends and colleagues, Jim Shepherd, known affectionately by everyone in the business as Gentleman Jim.
That he’s one of the great cornet players of all time goes without saying but his skills as a teacher and mentor to others is often overlooked.
He is simply one of the most natural musicians you could ever meet, and passing on what he knows to others is as natural as everything else.
He remains one of the most liked and respected musicians that I've been privileged to know."
He will be very sadly missed.