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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.



by Jane Hylton

SA’s Greats: The men and women of the North Terrace plaques, 2001

David Friedrich Dallwitz was born at Freeling, South Australia, on 25 October 1914, the son of clerk Joseph Ernst Dallwitz and his wife Clara Magdalena Dallwitz (née Rohde). Dallwitz first studied music (the violin) as a youth and after he moved with his family to Adelaide in 1930 he began playing jazz on piano, signalling the beginning of an almost continuous involvement with this musical form...

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by Angel Romero, December 2, 2016

Australian jazz-rock and classical keyboard master and composer Allan Zavod passed away on November 28, 2016. Based in the United States of America for 30 years, Zavod played, recorded and toured with many well-known international musicians such as Duke Ellington, Glenn Miller Orchestra, Woody Herman Orchestra, Maynard Ferguson Big Band and Cab Calloway. He also played piano, synthesizers, organ and other keyboards with some of the most iconic jazz-rock artists such as Billy Cobham, Gary Burton, Herbie Hancock, Jean Luc-Ponty, George Benson and Frank Zappa…



Photo credit Laki Sideris

Photo credit Laki Sideris


by John Clare, Peter Rechniewski, Sandy Evans, Cheryl Kelly, John Pochée

SIMA website 2012

Many of one's friends are now younger than ever - or to put it another way, one has far more young friends than those near one's age, as contemporaries die or somehow disappear from view. Young as many of my friends have become, most of them have heard - or heard of - Ken James. Some have told me they have been listening to him with The Last Straw on YouTube. As a musician he was an exemplar of sound practice and theory. As a stylist and creative improvisor an inspiration...