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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 Bill Motzing (Jr)

Sydney Morning Herald, March 25, 2014

Bill Motzing wrote music for more than 30 films, including famous Australian ones such as Newsfront (1978), Silver City (1984) and Young Einstein (1988). He also wrote for television series such as True Believers (1988), Mother and Son and Prisoner, as well as recording more than 30 albums. Despite his public work, Motzing was no respecter of famous names. He conducted his son's school orchestra and musicals as well as arranging works for, among others, INXS, John Williams, international symphony orchestras and Sherbet. He would always accept a project he thought was worthwhile, regardless of the money or prestige…



by Ted Vining

The Age, Melbourne, September 27, 2006

Australia's jazz fraternity has been rocked by the sudden death from cancer of bassist Barry Buckley, a notable performer on the modern jazz scene for more than 40 years. Buckley's final performance was with the Ted Vining Trio at the North Coast Jazz Festival in Bangalow only three months ago - a performance that received a standing ovation from a capacity crowd. Buckley played with his normal power and commitment, despite suffering the early symptoms of the cancer that would kill him so quickly…



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by Malcolm Brown

Sydney Morning Herald, July 12, 2012

If anyone personified the image of pre-Vietnam Kings Cross in the bohemian post-war era, where the Roosevelt nightclub summed up its glamour and its edginess, it was Edwin Duff, the irrepressible talent who as a 10-year-old won a singing contest on board a ship to Australia. He sang with orchestras and with jazz bands, in coffee lounges, nightclubs, cruise ships, in the US and on Australian television, accompanying some of the great jazz personalities of his age. It was a career that continued into his old age…