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4 September 2014

Alan Turnbull (1943-2014)

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Australian jazz drummer Alan Turnbull passed away at the end of August at the age of 70. Turnbull was born in Melbourne in 1943 and started drumming at a young age. In his early teens he was already playing professionally with the likes of Graeme Lyall and Brian Brown. Over his career of 50 years, he worked with and influenced generations of Australian musicians. He was a long-term member of the Don Burrows Quartet and played with numerous others, including Craig Scott, Dale Barlow and Paul McNamara. Over the years, he also performed with many well-known international artists such as Joe Henderson, Milt Jackson, Gary Burton, Cleo Laine and Sonny Stitt.

> ABC Jazz honours Turnbull in its Thursday Night Live program on Thursday 11 September at 9pm by broadcasting a live set recorded at the Side-On-Cafe featuring the Serge Ermoll Quintet and Turnbull.
> Watch Turnbull play with the American saxophonist Henderson on his Australian tour in 1980 (Youtube)
> A blog article about Turnbull by drummer & composer Dave Goodman

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