John Halstead RIP
John Halstead RIP (1936 – 2021)
Sheffield Jazz is very sorry to announce the death of John Halstead, a long-standing supporter of Sheffield Jazz and a Director/Trustee since 2016.John was born in Huddersfield and developed a love of jazz in his youth. He joined the Civil Service as a fast-stream entrant and progressed quickly in the Home Office where he took advantage of the proximity to enjoy many evenings at Ronnie Scott’s jazz club. After 10 years at the Home Office however he found his views and principles out of sync with the then prevailing (and current) orthodoxy and so left to join academia, building on the degree which he had achieved at the London School of Economics in economics and politics,  From London he progressed to the University of Sheffield where he became a Lecturer in the Extramural Department, specialising in Labour History, and in due course a Vice-President of the Society for the Study of Labour History. He retired in 1996.
John will be much-missed by Sheffield Jazz, He was a warm and generous character, very knowledgeable and hard-working but never inclined to push himself forward. He loved live jazz and jazz musicians and was keen to see them and their music prosper, and he was a committed supporter of Sheffield Jazz and its efforts to bring high quality jazz to Sheffield.


John’s funeral will be at Hutcliffe Wood Crematorium at 11.15am on Thursday 18th November, followed by a celebration (to which all his friends are invited) at Crookes Social Club from about 12.30pm.