GRAEME Bell died today, 13 June 2012 at the age of 97. Recognised world-wide as the founder of the jazz revolution in Australia, Graeme Bell and his Australian Jazz Band was acclaimed for its distinctive Australian style and the danceability of its music.
Turn to the index of any book on Australian jazz and you will find more entries for Graeme Bell than anyone else. The prestigious jazz awards presented every year to recognise excellence in Australian jazz are named after him. The Doubly Gifted Committee’s annual lecture on Australian jazz are The Bell Lectures.
While mourning his passing, the jazz community will not forget the musical debt it owes to Graeme Bell. Thank you Graeme: rest in peace.
Here’s one of the first recordings many current jazz fans had in their collections: The Graeme Bell Australian Jazz Band playing “South” recorded in London in 1948.
The ABC News on June 14 published this report on Graeme Bell. http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-06-14/graeme-bell-dies-at-97/4070692