[Dixielandjazz] Vale Dave Dallwitz
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Wed Mar 26 00:43:50 PST 2003
Sorry to read Bill Haesler's obit of jazz musician and composer Dave
Dallwitz. According to the birthday Bill provided Dave had to be around 89
I never met Dave but we certainly know of him here in the Cell Block 7 Jazz
Band. One of our favorite tunes in our repertoire is Cinderella Girl and we
play it often.
He's the kind of jazz musician I can really admire . . . lived to a ripe old
age, made wonderful music and left a legacy of tunes played around the world
in OKOM circles!
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>From: "Bill Haesler" <bhaesler at nsw.bigpond.net.au>
>To: Australian-dance-bands at egroups.com, dixieland jazz mail list
><dixielandjazz at ml.islandnet.com>
>CC: Jack Mitchell <fjmitch at lisp.com.au>, Jack Litchfield
><2jlitchfield at rogers.com>, Nevill Sherburn <swaggie at ihug.com.au>, Bill
>Armstrong <bilarm at bigpond.com>
>Subject: [Dixielandjazz] Vale Dave Dallwitz
>Date: Wed, 26 Mar 2003 11:02:44 +1100
>The sad news is that pioneer jazzman (famed artist, bandleader, tbn, pno,
>composer, arranger) died suddenly at home (Adelaide SA)on Monday night 24
>2003, of a heart attack, while watching the Academy Awards.
>Out thoughts are with his long-time friend/wife, Joan Dallwitz and their
>Dave (who was born on 25 Oct 1914) was as active as ever and last week was
>busily organising his famed big band for the Australian Jazz Convention in
>Forbes (Dec 2003), and an Anglicare fund-raising event.
>My dear friend, Dave, always had a 100 things to do.
>And managed to do them.
>He will be known to the worldwide 'jazz family' for his countless jazz
>compositions, including the celebrated "Cinderella Girl'.
>Herewith an extract from the notes I wrote for the CD 'The Famous Wilco
>Sessions' (still available).
>They are specific to the Southern Jazz Group and in no way cover the many
>activities of this extraordinary man.
>The Southern Jazz Group.
>In May 1950 the Southern Jazz Group travelled by train, via Melbourne, from
>Adelaide to Sydney, and back, for their last series of engagements. They
>announced their retirement and Dave Dallwitz, anxious to preserve the
>sound, had organised Sydney recording dates with WILCO and Parlophone.
> This important Adelaide jazz band came out of a 1945 rehearsal group and
>a working unit later that year using some members of Malcolm Bills¹ band to
>the Southern Jazz Group. For about six months both bands existed side by
>until Bills¹ dissolved his group to continue university studies.
> In 1946 Dave Dallwitz became leader of the Southern Jazz Group which by
>had adopted a 1920s classic jazz style. In December 1946 they attended the
>Australian Jazz Convention in Melbourne, playing to a small, but
>audience of dedicated jazz musicians and delegates. Their original approach
>traditional jazz developed and by 1948 they were one of Australia¹s leading
> They toured regularly interstate for concerts and the Jazz Convention and
>recorded regularly between 1947 and 1949 for Bill Holyoak¹s Memphis label.
>was Holyoak who arranged the recording date at Adelaide¹s ABC studios, from
>which the first WILCO release (0-100) ³Smokey Mokes² - ³Red Hot Henry
>came. An acetate of the two titles was sent to Ron Wills while he was
>J Stanley Johnson¹s music store. With this initial disc WILCO was formed.
>a big seller nationally and was re-pressed several times.
> The final May-June 1950 tour by the Southern Jazz Group (augmented with
>Monsbourgh) was a momentous affair. The week in Sydney was hectic. They
>seven titles for WILCO on Monday, 29 May, at the ARC studios then took part
>Celebrity Jazz Parade at Sydney Town Hall with local modern bands. Two days
>later, as Dusty Rhodes and His Jackeroos. they recorded four country¹
>the Rodeo label. On Thursday, 1 June, the band put down six original tunes
>Parlophone and that night appeared, with the Jack Brockensha Quartet and
>Duff, at Bill McColl¹s Battle For Jazz concert at the Assembly Hall. In
>to private parties, they also played a dance at Paddington Town Hall,
>on Friday, but we lack details.
> On their return through Melbourne the front-line members of the Southern
>Group joined Graeme Bell¹s big band on a record date for Swaggie. On
>they were the guest band at the Maison DeLuxe Jazz Club and were given a
>tremendous final ovation. Thus ended the career of a great pioneer
>jazz band. For over four years the Southern Jazz group had been Adelaide¹s
>premier jazz band, popular with local and regional audiences and
>converting many younger Adelaide musicians to jazz.
> Dave Dallwitz formed a new Southern Jazz Group for local engagements and
>broadcasts (highlighting original Australian jazz compositions), but they
>disbanded in mid 1951 and Dave left the jazz scene until 1972.
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