Collie, (John) Max(well)
- Derek Coller
(b Melbourne, Australia, Feb 21, 1931). Australian trombonist and bandleader . Originally a brass-band musician, from 1948 he led his own semiprofessional jazz bands, the Jazz Bandits (1948–50) and the Jazz Kings (1950–62). He began playing professionally in 1962 as a member of the Melbourne New Orleans Jazz Band, which visited England in 1963. Collie remained in England and joined the London City Stompers (1963); when he became leader in 1966 the group was renamed the Rhythm Aces. It has performed at festivals and concerts and in theaters throughout the world. During one of its three American tours (1973–5) it won the World Championship of Jazz in Indianapolis (August 1975). In 1984 Collie began touring with a show called “New Orleans Mardi Gras,” in which Ken Colyer and Cy Laurie appeared; from 1986, in addition, he presented “The High Society Show” with many of the same musicians. He has made a large number of recordings as a leader (from ...