Eric Myers Jazz

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OBITUARIES

This folder includes obituaries for jazz musicians or persons of significance to the Australian jazz community, written by several contributors. Click on the INDEX box to access a list of obituaries contained in this folder.

 

OBITUARY: GRAEME BELL 1914-2012

by Harriet Veitch

Sydney Morning Herald, June 16, 2012

The pianist and composer Graeme Bell, in his habitual black beret, red shirt and black vest, was often called the ''father of Australian jazz'' - elevated no doubt with the passage of time to ''grandfather'' - and was older than the recorded form of the music - if not the live version...

OBITUARY: KATE DUNBAR 1923 - 2017

by Bill Haesler

The unexpected death of singer Kate Dunbar, who died peacefully at home in Stanmore, NSW on Monday 10th July 2017, has saddened the jazz community. Ruth Kathleen Dunbar, née Kelly, was born in Manchester, England on 13 May 1923 to an English mother and Australian ex-serviceman father and came to Sydney in about 1928...

 

 

OBITUARY: ADRIAN FORD 1940 – 2017

by Bill Haesler

The jovial Adrian Ford (who played piano, trombone, clarinet, cornet and was a talented composer and arranger) died at the Parkview Nursing Home, Five Dock NSW on Wednesday, 5th July 2017,  following a long illness. He was born in Sydney on 26 April 1940.  He studied piano for two years with a local piano school from the age of nine, and came to jazz in 1957 as a teenager, listening to the Paramount Jazz Band at the Sydney Jazz Club...