Australian jazz trumpeter Bob Barnard dies aged 88 – The Syncopated Times

Important Australian jazz trumpeter Bob Barnard died on May 7, he was 88 years old. Along with his older brother, drummer Len Barnard, he was an integral part of the emerging Australian traditional jazz scene of the 1950s. Like young fans in the UK and elsewhere, the early 1950s found him looking for records by Muggsy, Bunk, Bechet and George Lewis, but unlike many of his peers he came from a musical family and was already familiar with Louis and Bix when he learned cornet to fill an opening in the family band.

After playing around Melbourne he moved to Sydney, soon joining Graeme Bell’s All Stars where he was a vital member in the 1960s. After leaving Bell he fronted his own bands while performing with many other bands into a thriving jazz scene. He recorded several memorable albums on the Swaggie Records label.

In the 1980s he became well known to the general public in Australia with numerous television appearances and notable collaborations with the Kenny Powell Orchestra, Ricky May and the Julian Lee Orchestra. He will be remembered as a former statesman of the Australian music scene. He passed on the legacy within his own family, with children and grandchildren working as professional musicians.

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