Eric Myers Jazz

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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.

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by Pat Theoharris

JazzChord, Feb/Mar, 1999

Members of the Brisbane jazz fraternity sang, played and prayed a moving farewell to the trumpeter Rick Price who died peacefully on January 2, 1999. Rick emigrated to Australia in 1974 after gaining experience in the UK with an RAF Band, travelling Britain with various big bands and working as a session musician in London. A proudly “Ozzified Pom” Rick played with commercial big bands, but increasingly became interested in small group jazz…

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by Bruce Johnson

JazzChord, Aug/Sep, 1995

One of the most important visits to  Australia by an American jazz musician was that undertaken on the initiative  of Graeme Bell by the cornetist Rex Stewart in 1949. This was the first direct contact for  the general public with ‘the source’ since the ‘Coloured Idea’ tour of 1928. Apart from  the Bell band, one of the few groups selected to work with the American was the  Sydney 6, an arrangement so mutually congenial as to result in a number of recordings for Wilco. The leader of the Australian group was the pianist Jack Allan…



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by Unknown Author

Wikipedia, May, 2018

Don Andrews,  a prominent Australian guitarist, composer, session musician and music educator, was born on 29 May 1929. He contracted polio as a child and as such wore a leg brace. Andrews took up the violin as a child but began studying the guitar seriously at the age of ten…