Mr Anthony Williams

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Messages of condolence

I was extremely fond of Anthony - he was always so kind and we had some laughs which still make me smile today. I will miss him. I send my love and condolences to all the family, with love, (his nephew) Dominic. X

Mr Dominic Williams

Had many a conversation over the years when placing an order and always had an anecdote or a story. I know Tony was reveered in the jazz community and quite rightly so and will be very much missed,RIP Tony and join that illustrious band of boppers on high.

Mr Simon Berry

Dear Tony, Thank you for the music..... The creative drive behind the Spotlite lable you've left a unique legacy for all lovers of jazz and particularly British jazz. The many musicians who worked for you will remember a generous and kind man, undoubedly eccentric yes, with his signature beret and ploughing his own path, but always an unfailing advocate for the music he loved. RIP Lee

Ms Lee Gibson

Sadly, I did not know my uncle very well. Following the divorce of my own parents when I was a young boy and, years later as a young man, my departure overseas, we simply lost contact. I know that my brother, Dominic, is planning to attend the service and I am grateful one of us may be there to pay our respects. Dominic and I have lost both our parents and my thoughts are with my cousins, because I understand the resulting melancholy that can weigh on the heart from time to time. My childhood recollection of Tony is, nevertheless, one of wonderment. It’s no surprise to me that jazz infused his life. Tony was my “bebop” uncle, his flamboyance in stark contrast to my father’s more classical tones. Ironically, I see these traits in Dominic and me: he is the playful one, and I the model of sobriety. To steal from the poem by Van Dyke, Tony is “Gone from my sight. That is all.” But on another shore, others (maybe even Charlie Parker himself!) are shouting “Here he comes!” Alex Williams Saint-Légier-La Chiésaz, Switzerland


Tony was a one off! He was kind, generous and considerate. He was a true jazz lover! Thanks to his work with Spotlite he produced my debut album. I'll always appreciate the help he gave and know that he will be sadly missed. All deepest condolences to Tony's family. Laura Collins

Ms Laura Collins

Tony’s record label ‘Spotlite’ was, and remains, quite unique in that so many jazz musicians (mostly British) were able, through his generosity, to record their music. Tony supplied the funding and ensured the recording conditions and subsequent record production was carried out to his high standards. At the heart of Spotlite was the ‘beebop’ tradition, but its repertoire is broader than this; Tony would identify new talent and give them the opportunity to be part of Spotlite records. The debt musicians, and I am one of them, owe to Tony is immeasurable and his record company is a lasting testament to his enthusiasm, tenacity and determination but, above all, his love of the music. John Williams

Mr John Williams

I first met Tony when we were both living in Harlow, but it was not until we had both moved to Sawbridgeworth that I saw him on a moderately regular basis. He was always very helpful when I was seeking a record, even though our interests only connected around the edges. We would have been on friendly terms until I left Sawbridgeworth in 1996. Spotlite Records, of course, is what Tony will be remembered for, but there was some promoting as well. In 1972 he sponsored a Sadik Hakim (the pianist born |Argonne Thornton) recital at The Playhouse in Harlow. Also, there was often an unexpected guest at 103 London Road when one called. On one occasion I had a most interesting conversation with Ross Russell, author, critic and owner of Dial Record. And another time, was the pianist I met that elusive bopper, Joe Albany? My condolences to Tony's family. He was one of the good guys. Derek Coller

Mr Derek Coller

Sincere condolences from Alan, Anne, Matthew and Rowena Edward's.

Mr Alan Edwards

Rest in peace, Tony. So pleased and proud to have made recordings for you. Thankyou for Spotlite records. Spike

Father Spike Wells

Service details

Cremation Service

06 December, 2021 13:00

Parndon Wood Crematorium

Parndon Wood Road, Harlow, CM19 4SF