I was very sad to learn of the death of Pete Burden who was one of the first musicians I heard about when I moved to the Hastings are in 1990 and went to see.
We have heard of so many deaths of fine musicians this year, but this is personal.
He was a be bop lion as a young man and always kept to that path but was always looking for new ideas.
I had lessons with him to improve me reading and felt honoured to have shared the stage with him on a number of occasions.
He was funny and would phone you just to share a good new joke he had heard to spread the laugh.
He was a star and will be sadly missed.
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