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Bob Bertles

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Bob Bertles is an Australian jazz tenor saxophonist. Career: A self-taught musician, Bertles began his performing career in 1956. In the late 1950s and early 60s Bertles was a member of the developing modern jazz scene that grew out of venues like the Mocambo in Newtown and the El Rocco Jazz Cellar in Sydney's Kings Cross. Active in clubs, on TV, as a session musician and on the pop-rock scene, he toured with Johnny O'Keefe and The Dee Jays between 1958 and 1963. Bertles led a quartet with Keith Barr and Brian Fagen and Barry Woods, which played at Melbourne's equivalent of Sydney's El Rocco, the Fat Black Pussycat in Toorak. In 1967 Bertles temporarily joined Sydney-based rock-soul band Max Merritt & The Meteors and was soon invited to become a permanent member. Only weeks after joining, Bertles, Merritt and drummer Stewie Speer narrowly escaped death after their van collided head-on with a truck on the way to a country dance; all three were seriously injured and Bertles was left...

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On May 30, 2016. 8:43pm
Christopher Lynch said

Bob remains a true local musical 'stayer'. More than likely, I saw him backing JOK on our small family black and white TV, during 'Six O'clock Rock', not knowing how significant he'd further become.
As a young chap, I adored Max Merritt and The Meteors - as much earlier comments on these esteemed pages will indicate - and when seeing them live, I focused on that astounding drummer, Stewie Speer. When Bob was taking a solo however, my focus shifted for a spell. And a 'spell' it was! Saw him in London too with Nucleus. Wonderful indeed.
Christopher Lynch.

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