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date: 14 October 2019

Australian Jazz Quartetlocked

  • Barry Kernfeld


Ensemble formed in December 1954 by the reed players Errol Buddle and Dick Healey, the pianist Bryce Rohde, and the drummer and vibraphonist Jack Brokensha. It first recorded in New York in 1955; thereafter its members played with a succession of other musicians (including Frank Capp, Osie Johnson, and Nick Stabulas), working latterly as a quintet and occasionally as a sextet. Australian sources testify that the group disbanded in 1959, after touring Australia in 1958, and played only two isolated reunion jobs in 1986 and 1993. Colin Bailey asserts that he became its drummer after moving to Australia in 1958 and traveled to the USA as a member of the group in 1961; he reports that two group members then moved to Canada, while Rohde and an American musician returned to Australia. Evidently the dispute may have less to do with the actual events than with the question of whether these later activities were by the Australian Jazz Quartet/Quintet or by the Bryce Rohde Quartet/Quintet....

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