Everett Farey, 88

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EVERETT “EV” FAREY, 88, April 4, Novato CA. In the 50’s he was co-leader of the Bay City Jazz Band, led the Golden State Jazz Band and played with the Port City Jazz Band, the Gold Coast Jazz Band, and many others. He recorded on Turk Murphy’s album Dancing Jazz as well as with Bob Helm’s Riverside Roustabouts. A 2012 release of material recorded in 1955 finds him with the Jim Leigh El Dorado Jazz Band.

He was an accomplished and influential trumpeter bringing a relaxed style influenced by Lamar Wright of the Bennie Moten Band. He was featured in The Trumpet Kings: The Players who Shaped the Sound of Jazz Trumpet (2001) edited by Scott Yanow. He frequently played at Burp Hollow, a San Francisco center of Dixieland into the mid 60’s and was a key player in the Bay Area revival.

Ev continued to contribute to the Dixieland scene into his 80’s performing over the years with various groups including Canal Street, Bob Helm’s Jazz Cardinals, Jelly Roll Jazz Band, Monterey Bay Stompers and Port City Jazz Band. He traveled the world to festivals and was admired for both his playing and his good cheer.

He was predeceased in 2008 by his wife Margaret, a native of England whom he met while stationed there after the war. She served as a hostess at Earthquake McGoons, home of the Turk Murphy Jazz Band, and made sure the Farey home was always welcoming to anyone who came through the door.

A special remembrance of Ev will be included in the May issue of The Syncopated Times

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  1. His Obituary as published in The Marin Independent Journal on May 1, 2018

    Everett Jay Farey Oct. 14, 1929 April 5, 2018 Passed away suddenly at the age of 88. Born and raised in depression era Los Angeles, Everett was an accomplished musician who began playing the trumpet at the age of 14. In 1946 Ev joined the Navy and served as a musician in occupied Europe performing in Navy jazz ensembles. While in London in 1948 Everett met his bride-to-be and beauty queen, Margaret (Peg) Norton. They moved to the San Francisco Bay Area where they started their family. Ev and Peg raised their seven children in a big house, Madrone Avenue in San Anselmo. It was a happy, insanely hectic place and they welcomed all who walked in the door, front or back. Ev and Peg ventured into the antique business in the late 80s, along with son David who continues to own a shop in San Anselmo (Sanford’s Antiques). Ev and Peg retired to Novato in 2005. Peg passed away peacefully in 2008 after battling cancer. Everett is survived by his partner of seven years (Shirley Warren) and his seven children and their families: Michael (Allison), John (Debi), David, Janet, Sue (Roger), Tim and Julie. He has eleven extra special grandchildren, Willow, Shawn, Elizabeth (Jordan), Brenton, Mischa (Justin), Nate (Katy), Joe, Tyson (Kathy), Tara (Luke), Sydney and Chenille, and six great grandchildren: Mia, Eliana, Cooper, Natalia, Jaden and Kaia. He loved his family and friends, his music, bird (Tico) and dog (Gerty). Ev’s music career spanned 74 years and was inspired in the 1940s by Lu Waters and his Yerba Buena Jazz Band. In the 1950s he joined the Turk Murphy band and co-founded the renowned Bay City Jazz band. He also led the Golden State Jazz Band in 1977. Over the course of the next thirty years Ev played with many bands including Port City Jazz Band, Grand Dominion Jazz Band and Gold Coast Jazz Band. At the age of 88 Ev continued to perform, playing frequently with the Gold Coast Jazz Band at the Redwood Café in Cotati. A Celebration of his Life & Music will be held Saturday, June 16, 2018 by evite invitation. Please send your email to his granddaughter at mischalitvack@gmail.com Everett will long be remembered for his gift of music and his caring and gentle spirit. The family extends heartfelt thanks to the EMT staff, ICU doctors and nurses at Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital.

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