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Tuesday, June 12, 2018

RIP Jon Hiseman (1944-2018)

Earlier today (June 12), the news broke that drummer, Jon Hiseman, had passed away due to brain cancer. Best known in jazz circles for his work with his wife, saxophonist Barbara Thompson, in two versions of Colosseum and Thompson's Paraphernalia with whom I was thrilled to see him in concert at the Peoples Theatre in Newcastle in 1985. Unfortunately, from where I was sitting, the surreptitious photo I took came out with Jon's head obscured by a cymbal. It was also the most amazing drumkit I'd seen up to that time - apart from Eric Delaney with his kettle drums that is.
He was a phenomenal player and on a par with any of the players on either side of the jazz-rock divide.
Jon Hiseman was 73. He will be sadly missed.
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1 comment :

Peter Bevan said...

Sorry to see your report on Jon Hiseman's death.
I've always rated his work with the United Jazz + Rock Ensemble very highly but never got the chance to hear them live.
I did catch him with Paraphernalia on four occasions which might be worth mentioning in case it jogs anyone else's memories:
Oct 1986 Darlington Arts Centre - part of the First Darlington Jazz Festival
Feb 1992 Dovecot Arts Centre, Stockton
Oct 1992 Inn Off the Park, Middlesbrough Jazz Society
Oct 2000 Arc, Stockton

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