Jazz Program Highlights Tributes
Australian trumpeter and cornetist, Bob Barnard has died at 88. A jazz icon has passed, but we are the richer for his life. He grew up in a Melbourne musical family and continued to pass down his knowledge and experience to his children and even his grandchildren, which included our FineMusic Artist-In-Residence, pianist Casey Golden.
He started playing cornet at 12, because the family band (led by his mother Kath Barnard) needed a trumpeter. But he was also deeply impressed by a record of Muggsy Spanier, as well as Louis Armstrong, Bix Beiderbecke, Sidney Bechet, Bunk Johnson and Graeme Bell. He toured New Zealand and Papua New Guinea ... ... ...
For any of us Philharmonia choristers, Christmas means Messiah, and the highlight of the oratorio, for as long as most of us can remember, has been Paul Goodchild’s obbligato to The Trumpet Shall Sound. His cut-glass articulation and elegant dynamic restraint were always a delight, and we waited, like impatient children at Christmas, to hear what fresh ornamentation he had up his sleeve this year.
Nigel Butterley OAM, the Sydney composer, has died at the age of 86. Having learned to play the piano at the age of 5, Butterley attended Sydney Grammar. In those days, Grammar had no music department, and the young musician had to turn to the Conservatorium for tuition. After a spell in London, studying under Ivy Priaulx Rainier, Butterley returned to Australia.
Few musicians have made a greater contribution to Australian music than Max Olding, the pianist who died on 17 November 2021. Competing with Peter Sculthorpe as a youthful pianist, Sculthorpe credited him with his decision to devote himself to composing, since he realised, he could never best his rival at the keyboard.