Harry Owen

My first meeting with Conrad was in the mid 1970’s after I read a small flyer in a Southport record shop advertising The Formby Jazz Appreciation Club. From then on the weekly meetings on a Tuesday evening became an essential event on my calendar. In the beginning it was obvious my taste in jazz didn’t always match Conrad’s but he was never dismissive and he merely suggested alternatives. Through him I got to know a wide range of styles from Ruby Braff to Eric Dolphy. After Conrad left Formby I lost contact for a few years but his life always seemed to be full of creativity of thought and deed. When his beloved wife, Ali started to devote more time to her drawing and painting Conrad was her staunchest supporter. I am just one of many whose knowledge has been enriched by knowing Conrad. With his passing the world has lost a vibrant, humorous and compassionate human being. RIP C.C.

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