Melbourne jazz legend, drummer Allan Browne passed away on June 13, just days after he launched his new album and just prior to a scheduled performance at the closing of Melbourne venue Bennett’s Lane, where he had a residency for many years.
Browne passed away in hospital on Saturday after contracting an infection. In 2002 he received a double lung transplant after suffering from emphysema.
Browne received an Order of Australia, won the Don Banks Award and numerous Bell Awards and was also chair of the Melbourne Jazz Co-op, patron of the Stonnington Jazz Festival and spent three years on the music board of the Australia Council. Browne was inducted into the Hall of Fame at the Australian Jazz Awards in 2004.
Born on July 26, 1944, Browne formed the highly influential Red Onion Jazz Band in 1960 and toured Europe in 1967 and 1969 with appearances at the Polish and Hungarian International Jazz Festivals.
Browne also led contemporary group Onaje and worked for 20 years in the Paul Grabowsky Trio, winning 2 ARIA awards). He also accompanied many international musicians such as Herb Ellis, Milt Jackson, Barney Kessell, Mal Waldron and Jay Mc Shann.
Browne’s recording career covers more than 100 albums with his latest being Ithaca Bound. However, he also published Conjuror, which features a collection of his poetry and music, performed by The Allan Browne Sextet.