Graeme Bell

Graeme Emerson Bell AO MBE ( born September 7, 1914 in Richmond, Victoria, † June 13, 2012 in Sydney) was when an Australian jazz pianist, composer and band leader of the Dixieland Jazz operates.


Graeme Bell founded in 1943 in Australia its own orchestra, the U.S. made ​​the attempt, for the first time to play in the old New Orleans style. Bell traveled 1947 Youth Festival in Prague and toured afterwards with its " All-Stars " by Czechoslovakia, as well as the Netherlands, Belgium, France and the UK, where his orchestra remained for almost a year and had on the local revival movement strong influence. In the 1950s, he had several orchestras with which he toured Australia and several times through Europe ( 1950-1952 ). In 1951 an album was Graeme Bell and his Jazz Band Australia, the same year on Jasmine Records an album with the blues singer Big Bill Broonzy.

In 1973, Graeme Bell played the role of the narrator in the Australian production of the rock opera Tommy. In 1993 he joined with his old friend Humphrey Lyttelton at the Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival. His last concert was released in 2008 on CD.

Honors and Awards

Bell Bell was awarded the 1978 Order of the British Empire for his " valuable services for Jazz"; he received for his " services to music, especially to jazz " 1990 the Order of Australia in the officer rank.