Clive Fleckner

I first met Conrad in the late 70s via my then girlfriend who worked at the British Shoe Corporation and had dealings with Sue, Conrad’s then wife. We were great jazz fans and Conrad introduced us to The Braunstone jazz nights where we spent many a happy evening with them. I recall one amazing evening when Conrad rang me to say that Art Pepper was going to be there (I think it cost us a fiver each to get in!). Pepper was out of his skull on drugs, but Conrad took us backstage to meet Pepper and he signed a transcription that Conrad had made of one of his solos, Pepper was amazed that Conrad had done this. On visits to Conrad’s home he introduced me to many jazz artists that my then blinkered ears had ignored and for that I am ever grateful.

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