Sadly we have to announce that on Sunday 2nd August Roy Tresadern, one of the original founders of The Jazz Centre UK, passed away after a lengthy period of ill health.
Roy was hugely valued at the Jazz Centre UK, both as a friend and an active contributor to our cause. In our earliest days he brought energetic practical help in setting up our project, and later on was a central figure in supporting our growing activities. In both situations his company was an unceasing pleasure.
On a personal note I had known Roy since the days of the Sinatra Society, but after its demise I was very pleased that our Centre created a new outlet for his enthusiasms. He brought an outstanding knowledge of jazz to our organization and combined it with a friendly support, which ranged from skillfully manning our enquiry desk to constantly revitalizing our flagging staff with endless cups of tea and coffee.
Roy was instrumental in starting the DVD jazz film collection at The Jazz Centre. I was asked to help him in this task when I started as a volunteer, and he taught me all he knew about turning the multiple donations of VHS videos into DVDs that could be screened in our Media Centre. Since that small beginning we now have a world-class, and ever-expanding, jazz movie library.