Trevor Pike Bequest
Trevor Pike was a local jazz enthusiast and collector who sadly passed away last year. His wife Pam, when on clearing out his huge collection of recordings thought it would be a good idea to make use of it for the benefit of the Jazz Community and approached us to discuss what would be the best way to do this. There were several hundred CDs in immaculate condition. Sadly, his vinyl collection had already gone. Several creative ideas were proposed such as having a jazz reference library for young people but in these days of streaming this would not have been attractive to the young listener. We were advised also that, as a personal collection, it had no real market or archive value and so it was agreed that perhaps the best way was simply to sell them on the market and use the funds to support Teign Jazz and Blues; while at the same time returning the discs back into the wider jazz community. We found a well-disposed buyer and the collection raised £300. For which, we thank Pam Pike most sincerely.
The idea of a reference library still exists though as Kevin was a friend and fan of Chris Potter and made many live recordings of him all over the world. Since it is illegal to profit from such recordings we have retained them and should members like to listen to them they should apply to the Secretary, Michael Smith.
Once again we thank Pam and below is a short biography of her husband and jazz aficionado, Trevor.
Trevor was born in wildest Somerset but spent his early years at Kneller Hall where his father was training to be an army bandmaster. Both his parents were very musical and indeed Trevor played piano not very well but with enthusiasm.
The two great loves of his life were music of all kinds from Jazz to Opera and football. Football didn’t enthuse me much, but Jazz gave us the opportunity to visit a number of European cities especially when Chris Potter was playing. From a smoke filled basement in Paris, where we also met Kenny Wheeler, to a theatre in Aberdeen with the snow falling outside and an audience of about 30 most of whom who left after the first set. Not big on Jazz in Aberdeen!
Of course, like many Jazz lovers, Trevor’s spiritual home was Ronnie Scott’s and he visited there many times , listening to the best of the jazz world. I cannot recall all the greats he saw there but Nina Simone was one.
I was always pleased to hear the call ”Do you fancy a weekend in Amsterdam, Paris or Denmark etc.? and have some happy memories off the Aarhus Jazz Festival – great food; and the Festival in Glasgow- great shops, as well as all the other places we visited together.
Trevor collected records from a very early age. Pop music to begin with but as his taste developed Jazz played a large part. At Christmas his mother would be given a list of records he wanted and he then spent the whole of Christmas Day away from his family listening to them. Each disc and each individual track would be recorded His collection grew and grew until he decided to sell his discs and replace them with CDs and cassettes.. They took up less space but I think he missed the discs.
He would have been delighted that his beloved collection would have been of use to other Jazz fans