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: JOHN SANGSTER 1928-1995
by Bruce Johnson
John Grant Sangster, musician/composer, was born 17 November 1928 in Melbourne, only child of John Sangster and Isabella (née Davidson, then Pringle by first marriage). He attended Sandringham (1933), then Vermont Primary Schools, and Box Hill High School. Self-taught on trombone then cornet, learning from recordings with friend Sid Bridle, with whom he formed a band…
OBITUARY: ERIC CHILD 1910-1995
by Clement Semmler
JazzChord Jun/Jul, 1995
On a Pacific cruise some years ago I heard to my delight in an evening cabaret show a brilliant clarinetist, Carl Barriteau... He had settled in Sydney some years back and played mainly on cruise ships. Back in Sydney I immediately rang Eric Child with my “discovery”. I should have known better...
OBITUARY: RON FALSON 1928-2008
by Ross Heathcote
Sydney Morning Herald, August 20, 2008
Ron Falson, one of Australia's foremost jazz musicians, was a regular in the nightclubs that boomed in Sydney after World War II, particularly Joe Taylor's Celebrity Club, where he and Don Burrows formed the "frontline" of a celebrated house band. In those halcyon days of live music, he blew his trumpet throughout the country and internationally…