Errol Buddle

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Errol Leslie Buddle (29 April 1928 – 22 February 2018) was an Australian jazz musician.

Errol Buddle was born on 29 April 1928, and raised in Adelaide.[1][2] Buddle first learned the banjo and mandolin.[1] He began learning jazz after listening to a Bobby Limb performance in 1944.[1][2] Buddle attended the Elder Conservatorium of Music as well as the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.[3] Influenced by the sound of the bassoon in Igor Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring and The Firebird, Buddle began playing the instrument.[1][2] Over the course of his career, Buddle played fourteen reed instruments and several others.[4] Buddle moved to Melbourne in 1946 and began playing the radio circuit.[2][5] He relocated to Sydney by 1951 and performed weekly at the nightclub Chequers'. Buddle and Don Varella moved to Windsor, Ontario, in 1952, where Buddle joined the Windsor Symphony Orchestra.[1][2]

Buddle often performed in Detroit, Michigan, where he met and collaborated with Elvin Jones and Johnnie Davis.[2][5] Buddle also performed at the jazz club Klein's. The manager, George Klein, eventually asked Buddle to lead what later became the Errol Buddle Quartet. Buddle founded The Australian Jazz Quartet with Jack Brokensha, Bryce Rohde and Dick Healey.[1][2] The group served as the backing band to several musicians and later played throughout North America before touring Australia in 1958, then disbanded. Buddle performed occasionally thereafter.[1][4] He died at home in Potts Point, New South Wales on 22 February 2018, aged 89.[1][2]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Shand, John (1 March 2018). "Errol Buddle story: World's first jazz bassoonist was a hit in the US". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 3 March 2018.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h Myers, Eric (28 February 2018). "Adelaide's Errol Buddle scaled heights of American jazz". The Australian. Retrieved 3 March 2018.
  3. ^ "Errol Buddle". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 3 March 2018.
  4. ^ a b McBeath, John (12 September 2015). "Memorable moments abound as legendary saxophonist Errol Buddle celebrated the career of Bruce Hancock". The Advertiser. Retrieved 3 March 2018.
  5. ^ a b Chadbourne, Eugene. "Errol Buddle Biography". Allmusic. Retrieved 3 March 2018.

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