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Remembering Paddy Fitzallan

Monday 20th April / posted by Adam Christou

The Perth Jazz scene was saddened with the death on 18 April, 2015 of trumpeter Paddy Fitzallan. Paddy has been a stalwart of Jazz around Perth since moving from the Eastern States in the early 1980’s. After service in the RAAF Paddy settled in Melbourne where he attended the Conservatorium of Music, Melbourne University and launched a successful career playing trumpet in various TV Studio bands and playing in, and leading bands backing visiting artists such as Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, Mel Torme and Marlene Dietrich.

His own group Downbeat was a popular band in Melbourne with a regular series of concerts during the 1950’s and 1960’s. Music was Paddy’s life, having first learned the cornet at the age of ten at St. Vincent’s School for Boys, Westmead, NSW. In the 1970’s Paddy spent a couple of years in the Sydney music scene before moving to Brisbane where he became involved in music education. Paddy was a dedicated teacher and mentor to young musicians and was still performing earlier this year.

Paddy’s death came just six days after his 90th birthday.

On the occasion of his 89th birthday on 12 April, 2014, Paddy was a guest on RTR’s Saturday Jazz Program when he joined presenter Warren Kimble in a ‘My Favourite Things’ segment where he played some of his favourite tracks and reminisced about his life in music.

you can listen back to this segment here

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