Pat Fish, AKA The Jazz Butcher, has died aged 64

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Former Creation Records artist died earlier this week

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Pat Fish, better known as The Jazz Butcher, has died at the age of 64.

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His death was confirmed by his frequent collaborator and lead guitarist Max Eder, who revealed on the official Jazz Butcher Facebook page that Fish died on Tuesday night (October 5). The cause of death has not been disclosed yet.

“Very sad to announce that my old friend Pat Fisch died suddenly but peacefully on Tuesday evening,” Eder wrote. “Pat shook my world in every way and his death left a huge hole in my life and in my memory, much of which was stored only in his outer brain.

He continued: “Goodbye mate and thanks for everything. I’m going to miss you.”

It is with great sadness to report that my old friend Pat Fish passed away suddenly but peacefully on Tuesday evening. Pat shook my world…

was published by jazz butcher Feather Wednesday, October 6, 2021

Born Patrick Hantrods in London in 1957, Fish formed the Jazz Butcher music project – which has gone under a variation of different names over the years – with Eder in 1982. Their debut album, In the Bath of Bacon, was released in 1983 by Glass Records.

From 1988 to 1995, The Jazz Butcher released a series of albums for Creation Records, including “Cult of the Basement”, “Condition Blue” and their final release for the label, “Illuminate”. Jazz Butcher’s last new release was the 2016 single ‘All the Saints’, released through Fire Records.

While most of Jazz Butcher’s catalog was out of print in the late ’90s and ’00s, Fire started a reissue campaign a few years ago, with the most recently announced. ‘Dr Cholamandali Repentance: A-Sides, B-Sides and Seasides’, which is expected to arrive on November 12.

David Whitmore, who has been running The Jazz Butcher website since its inception, set up a memoriam where fans have been paying tribute to the fish – You can contribute here.

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