Ben Waters 1 of 4
George Walker June 27, 07
I first heard Waters in Paris, Place Pigalle, 1965. He was the first genuine old-time jazz muso I had ever heard. Boy, did he work! Jacques Butler on trumpet. In the interval he talked about Oliver, Henderson, and many of his favourite N. Orleans clarinettists. In the 70s I was privileged to back him, on guitar, on two gigs in successive years when he toured the UK fronting local bands. He autographed an EP record (remember them?) of Clarence Williams, on which he appeared as one of a trio of clarinettists. He was a lovely old gent, with incredible energy. I believe he was involved in a car crash over here but saw out his commitments. Thanks are due to Dave Bennett, of Hampshire, who was instrumental in bringing Ben and many other American musicians over, notably Wild Bill Davison, Al Casey and Herb Hall. RIP, Ben! I've still got the EP, but nothing to play it on!

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