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John Pochée



John Pochée, (born 21 September 1940) is an Australian jazz drummer and bandleader. As drummer, bandleader and organizer he has played a major role in the history of Australian jazz. His career as a professional musician began in 1956. He formed The Last Straw in 1974 and also played with the Judy Bailey Quartet from 1974 to 1979. Since 1978 he has played, recorded and toured internationally with The Last Straw, The Judy Bailey Quartet, The Engine Room, Ten Part Invention and Bernie McGann's trios and quartets. As a drummer he is an unusual stylist, playing left handed on a right handed drum kit. The Last Straw won an ARIA award for Best Australian Jazz Record in 1990 and the Bernie McGann Trio has won 4 ARIA awards for Best Australian Jazz Record. With his own bands and the Bernie McGann trio he has won five ARIA and five 'MO' awards. John Pochée received the Australian Jazz Critic's Award for drums in 1990 and 1992. In 1992 he also performed an improvised duet with the...

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On Sep 11, 2017. 7:47pm
Helena Williams said

Message for John Pochee:

Hi John, I'm hoping that you're a descendant of B. Sorabjee Pochee the photographer and his wife Mary Ann Williams .

I'm chasing more info on Harry and Fredericks descendents ( have found some on The Pochee first generation).

Any ideas?
Helena Williams 0424046838 Western Australia

On Sep 12, 2017. 9:46am
ABC Jazz said

Hi Helena - perhaps this interview with John may help? https://soundcloud.com/abc-jazz/john-pochee-on-his-life-and-music

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