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date: 20 October 2019

Bertles, Bob [Robert Anthony ]locked

  • John Shand


[Robert Anthony ]

(b Mayfield, Australia, March 6, 1939). Australian saxophonist. He was self-taught on clarinet from the age of nine, then studied both clarinet and saxophone for three years from the age of 15. In the late 1950s and early 1960s he worked with the Australian rock-and-roll star Johnny O’Keefe, and in 1958 he formed a jazz quintet which included either Bryce Rohde or Mike Nock on piano; later members were Keith Sterling (trumpet), Dave Levy (piano), Bruce Cale (double bass), and Lou Young (drums). Bertles, who plays a wide range of reed instruments, specialized on soprano, alto, and baritone saxophones. He worked in 1968–9 with the rhythm-and-blues band Max Merritt and the Meteors, which he left in England to join Ian Carr’s fusion band Nucleus. After four years he returned to Australia in 1976 and became a member of the quartet led by the pianist Col Nolan. From 1979 to 1983...

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