Category Archives: Second Liners

Bill Hare: farewell to a passionate jazz “second liner”

PROFESSOR William Samuel Calhoun Hare, AO MD MBBS DDR FRCR FRANZCR FRACP DDU, died in his 90th year on 31 May 2013.

In his professional field of medicine Professor Hare was a recognised world expert and innovator, acknowledged by the award in 1990 of Officer of the Order of Australia for his services to medicine, particularly in the field of radiology, and by the tributes of his many colleagues and students.

But to those in the jazz world, Bill Hare was first and foremost a knowlegdable and enthusiastic lover of the music, whose smiling presence graced many a gig. He was a regular visitor at the Amora Riverwalk Hotel in Richmond where we saw him only a couple of months ago. Ian Smith, leader of the Riverwalk Trio, was asked to play one of Bill’s favourite tunes at the private family Service held at St Stephens Anglican Church, Gardenvale on Thursday 6 June. Last Sunday – 9 June – Ian and his group played the same tune “Marcheta” as a tribute to Bill Hare, a valued “second liner” who will be much missed. With Ian are Dan Gordon on bass and Andy Baylor on guitar.

A Celebration of Bill’s life will be held at Trinity College, University of Melbourne, Parkville at 3.00 pm on Friday June 14, to which all are welcome.

The following is taken from a tribute to the life and work of Bill Hare published in the Melbourne Age:

The Department of Radiology, Melbourne Medical School, Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences, the University of Melbourne and The Royal Melbourne Hospital (RMH), are deeply saddened by the passing of their dear friend and father figure Professor Emeritus William (Bill) Samuel Calhoun Hare.

As Director of the RMH Department of Radiology (1958-1988) Professor Hare recognised the need for strong academic leadership in radiology and was instrumental in the creation of the University Department of Radiology and the Edgar Rouse Chair of Radiology, the first radiology chair in Australia. As inaugural Chair, Professor Hare established radiology teaching of undergraduate and postgraduate students, greatly elevating the standard and practice of radiology in Australia.

A world authority in interventional uroradiology he established many practices adopted since worldwide. He served the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists as President and as Councillor and was foundation President of the Asian and Oceanian Society of Radiology.

In his later years Professor Hare worked tirelessly to advance the discipline of radiology through his wise counsel and continued teaching, the creation of the Bill Hare Travelling Fellowship and in securing valuable philanthropic funds for the department.

Professor Bill Hare inspired a generation of radiologists in Australia and his deep commitment to teaching and clinical practice promoted and sustained the partnership between our two organisations. We thank him for his leadership, vision and the enduring legacy that he leaves to radiology and generations of medical practitioners.

Vale Margaret Cleaver: 1931-2013

SAD news from the people at the Victorian Jazz Archive: Margaret Cleaver, widow of Melbourne banjo player, Peter Cleaver, died on Tuesday 26 February 2013 at the age of 82.

Margaret had been a volunteer at the Archive for many years. Her wealth of knowledge about jazz and the Australian jazz scene made her a very valuable asset as a guide, providing as she did first hand information and tales of past jazz greats and events to enliven her tours of the Archive. She will be much missed by her friends and colleagues.

She is survived by her sons and grandchildren.

Here is a photo of Peter Cleaver playing with the Len Barnard Band in 1953.

Peter Cleaver

It is from the Archive collection, and was used in Nick Ribush’s hour long video: “Australian Jazz: the Melbourne Sound, the first forty years” which you can watch on YouTube.

Marina Pollard: last fundraising fling for the Queen of Fundraisers

Marina Pollard

Marina at the 64th Australian Jazz Convention 2009,
La Trobe University, Melbourne

MARINA Pollard (fondly known as “The Duchess”) is one of those active “second-liners” who not only love their jazz, but throw themselves whole-heartedly into supporting and promoting it.

Only one of the ways in which Marina has supported jazz has been through her fundraising activities for that splendid institution, The Victorian Jazz Archive.

In her role as Visitor Services manager, Marina has organized close to 90 guided tours of the Archive, which have not only introduced many new members/subscribers to the Archive, but have raised almost $40,000 in entry fees, CD sales from the Archive Shop, and new memberships.

If this wasn’t enough, Marina over the years has organised fundraising events at the Rosstown Hotel and at The Archive itself (for example, last year’s “Jazz on Cup Day”). Here’s a clip of one of the blackboard (well whiteboard really) bands which played on that occasion. Bob Whetstone, trumpet; Gavan Gow, clarinet; John Roberts, trombone; Tony Feehan, keyboard; and Peter Grey on bass.

These activities have raised a further $10,000 annually from entry fees and raffles (If you’ve ever been approached by Marina with her winning smile and raffle books you will know how impossible it is not to open your wallet, not just once but again and again!)

All this is leading up to the fact Marina is giving up her fundraising activities to allow others the opportunity to try their wings at this rewarding but exhausting task.

Her final fundraiser will be on Tuesday 14 February (yes, Valentine’s Day) at the Archive, Koomba Park, 15 Mountain Highway, Wantirna from 10.30am to 1.30pm. It will take the form of a tour of the Archive, a light lunch, and music from one of Australia’s legendary bands – Ross Anderson’s New Melbourne Jazz Band. For all this, the entry fee is a measly $15.00!.

There are still some places left, so do yourself a favour and call Marina on 9781 4972 to grab one or two. For catering purposes this needs to be by Friday 10 February, so pick up the phone and call right now. This is the chance to have a great day’s jazz, and to acknowledge the work that Marina has done for the cause.

Marina Pollard

Hail Marina, Queen of Fundraisers!