Supporting the future of jazz: Reginald Handley

NYJO was honoured to receive a legacy bequeathed by the late Reginald Handley. Mr Handley was a life-long lover of jazz, and we are delighted that he chose to remember NYJO in this remarkable way.

We spoke with the executor of Mr Handley’s Will, Tony Lintott, to learn more about his life and legacy.


Reginald’s love of jazz began when he joined the RAF at 18 years old. Whilst at the airfield, the canteen and dancehalls would invite jazz bands to come and play. He loved listening to the music; it was a great way of lifting everyone’s mood in a very tough and challenging environment.

When he left the RAF, he became fascinated by big band ensembles. I would call him on the phone and would always hear jazz playing out in the background – Benny Goodman, Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, the greats.

I met Reginald when we both worked for Rolls Royce in the early 60s. He was an incredibly generous person, and like a second father to me.

Reginald knew that he wanted jazz at his funeral. He chose We’ll Catch Up Some Other Time by Blossom Dearie, which was particularly pertinent and beautiful.

During the service, we also played The Peanut Vender by Stan Kenton & His Orchestra, a fun and upbeat track, which lifted people’s spirits.

He donated money to seven charities in his Will. He had a very caring spirit.

With NYJO, it was an obvious choice. We wanted to link back to his love of jazz. He wanted to ensure that young people could benefit from the great work NYJO does. It’s wonderful he could support the organisation in this way.


Supporting the future of jazz: Reginald Handley

Left: Reginald Handley, legator to the National Youth Jazz Orchestra

Right: Young musician benefiting from a NYJO workshop © Emile Holba


Thinking about leaving a legacy to NYJO? Read more information about leaving a gift in your Will.

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“Sans le jazz, la vie serait une erreur” (Without jazz, life would be one big mistake)

Boris Vian

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