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Jon Hiseman - photo with courtesy of Herrzipp

~ A Little Background ~
Jon is one of Britain's leading drummers; he was born June 21st 1944 in Woolwich, London where he started his musical journey playing sessions, after which in 1966 he replaced Ginger Baker in the Graham Bond Organisation and also played for a brief spell with Georgie Fame and the Blue Flames. He then joined John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers in 1968 playing on the iconic album 'Bare Wires'. In April of 1968 he left to form what has been critically claimed as the "seminal" pioneering jazz rock/progressive rock band, Colosseum. Colosseum made their live debut in Newcastle and were promptly recorded by influential BBC Radio 1 DJ John Peel for his Top Gear Radio program. Their first album, "Those Who Are About To Die Salute You", was released by the Fontana label in 1969. This was followed by four further albums before Colosseum disbanded in November 1971. Jon later formed Colosseum II with Don Airey and Gary Moore in 1975. Between these first two versions of Colosseum, Jon formed the progressive rock band Tempest along with Allan Holdsworth, Paul Williams and Colosseum bandmate Mark Clarke and later the great Ollie Halsall. The supergoup released two albums, their self titled debut album in 1973, followed by "Living in Fear" in 1974. Also a show at Golders Green Hippodrome, was released as a bootleg "Live in London 1974". Also in 1974 Jon formed The United Jazz + Rock Ensemble aka URJE, developed from a group of jazz musicians that was formed for a 1974 to 1975 television show of Süddeutscher Rundfunk. Almost all future members of the band were present from the beginning. During the twenty seven years of its existence they produced fourteen albums, all of them on Mood Records. The final cast of 2002 was Jon Hiseman-drums, Barbara Thompson-saxophone, Christof Lauer -saxophone, Wolfgang Dauner-piano, Dave King-bass, Ian Carr-trumpet, Volker Kriegel-guitar, Ack van Rooyen -trumpet, fluegelhorn, Rüdiger Baldauf-trumpet, and Albert Mangelsdorff-trombone. Jon has played in many jazz groups, notably with his wife, saxophonist Barbara Thompson, with whom he has recorded and produced fifteen currently available albums. In the 80's he built a state-of-the-art recording studio next to his home, and together with the compositional skills of Barbara Thompson produced many recordings for film and television soundtracks. The 80's was also the start of a 10 year working relationship with Andrew Loydd Weber. Colosseum reunited in June 1994 with the same line-up of musicians as when they broke up 23 years earlier, also his wife Barbara joined the line up and have recorded five further albums through the 1990s and 2000s. Colosseum' present line -up includes Jon Hiseman, Barbara Thompson, Chris Farlowe, Clem Clempson, Dave Greenslade, and Mark Clarke, they will be touring parts of Europe this Summer of 2011.

Jon Hiseman - photo with courtesy of Graeme Pattingale

~ The Book ~
The Musical Life of Jon Hiseman
Author: Martyn Hanson. Editor: Colin Richardson

This book takes you on the roller-coaster ride that is the life of Jon Hiseman - one of Britain's top drummers. It's a personal journey through one of the most intriguing and fascinating periods in rock and pop history, telling in detail of the forces, the personalities, the triumphs and disappointments that make up a life spent at the centre of modern music...and all set against the background of how, in the second half of the 20th century, the British music industry reached dizzying heights…until the advent of new technology brought it back to earth with a bump! It is not just a story of a life in music; it is a tale of individualism, survival, friendships and rivalry, romance, brutal reality and the occasional insanity. Above all, it's the story of a man who describes himself as 'a cautious optimist' and who considers his greatest achievement, the enduring love affair with saxophonist and composer Barbara Thompson.

CKA Limited ~ Temple Music Books

Review quotes of…
"Playing the Band" - The Musical Life of Jon Hiseman

"…the absorbing inside story of Hiseman's professional journey…meticulously produced… a thoroughly absorbing account of a richly varied life on the road and in the studio."
Russell Newmark in "The Beat" magazine.
"….very impressed by this entertaining and informative biography of one the greats of British jazz and jazz fusion, Jon Hiseman".

"…I am pleased to report that this is one of the most comprehensive rock/jazz/(blues) biographies I've read in respect of its completeness and balance…"

"…extremely readable - I can't recall at any time flicking through any dull pages".
Dick Heath for ProgArchives website
"Playing the Band" features an extensive cast of musicians and others industry figures with whom Jon Hiseman and Barbara Thompson have been associated over the years. Some of the great characters of British music are here, among them Graham Bond, John Mayall, Ginger Baker, Jack Bruce and Colosseum's original saxophonist the great Dick Heckstall-Smith. Inevitably there are some great stories, some of them highly amusing, but at other times the book can be surprisingly moving.

If you're a fan of any phase of Hiseman's career this book has much to offer and for its comprehensiveness alone is highly recommended.
Ian Mann - The Jazzmann website.
A thorough chronicle of one of Britain's all-time great drummers…
Martyn Hanson's authorised biography recounts every step of a long and amazingly wide-ranging career…meticulously researched.
Geoff Nicholls, "Rhythm" magazine.
We highly recommend Jon's book "Playing the Band"…
Alex Hutton & Kate Winter: www.thejazzshowonline.com
Anyone remotely interested in British blues, jazz and rock of the past 50 years will find much to relish in the detail on such diverse figures as Graham Bond and John Mayall…Jack Bruce and Dick Heckstall-Smith…Neil Ardley and Gary Moore.

…a suitably sized tribute to an often gargantuan talent, its 400 plus pages complemented by many a black & white or colour photograph…of keen documentary interest.

...an essential read for anyone interested in Hiseman and his times.
Michael Tucker in Jazz Journal.
Hiseman's story is one of single mindedness, tenacity, versatility, foresight and hard work…. musically speaking, he was at the heart of the British jazz/blues boom in the '60s, working with the likes of Graham Bond, Mike Taylor, Georgie Fame, John Mayall and Jack Bruce.... a well written and truly inspiring story of one of Britain's great musical assets.
Brent Keefe in "Drummer" magazine

Colosseum :2011
2011 ~ Summer Tour ~ 2011

15.06.2011: Oldenburg - "Kulturetage"
16.06.2011: Wuppertal - "Live Club Barmen "
17.06.2011: Berlin - "Kesselhaus/Kulturbrauerei"
18.06.2011: Kelly "Ulmenhofschule"
19.06.2011: Osnabrück - "Rosenhof
22.06.2011: Knowledge "Kulturwerk"
23.06.2011: Dresden - "Alter Schlachthof"
24.06.2011: Hannover "Pavillon"
25.06.2011: Lorsch - "Nibelungenhalle"
26.06.2011: Freiburg - "Jazzhaus"
28.06.2011: Stuttgart - "Theaterhaus"
29.06.2011: Göttingen - "Musa"
30.06.2011: Aschaffenburg - "Colos Saal"
01.07.2011: Ulm - "Ulmer Zelt"
03.07.2011: I-Isola Liri - "Liri Blues
05.07.2011: Genua I - "Arena of the Sea"
06.07.2011: I-Chiari - venue tba
07.07.2011: A-Graz - "Orpheum"
08.07.2011: A Meadows - "Lovely Days Festival"
23.07.2011: FI-Äänekoski - "Kejtelejazz Festival
13.08.2011: PL-Slupsk - "Dolina Charlotty"/Legends Of Rock
20.08.2011: Bad Doberan - "Zappanale"

Jon Hiseman

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