Jazz world mourns death of Allan Browne

The jazz drummer and composer passed away on Saturday, a month shy of his 71st birthday.

Allan Browne: photo via Melbourne International Jazz Festival

Allan Browne, a pivotal figure in Melbourne’s jazz scene, died on Saturday 13 June, less than a fortnight after launching his most recent album, Ithaca Bound, at Melbourne International Jazz Festival. He passed away after being admitted to hospital earlier in the week, following secondary complications from an infection.

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Richard Watts is ArtsHub's National Performing Arts Editor; he also presents the weekly program SmartArts on Three Triple R FM, and serves as the Chair of La Mama Theatre's volunteer Committee of Management. Richard is a life member of the Melbourne Queer Film Festival, and was awarded the status of Melbourne Fringe Living Legend in 2017. In 2020 he was awarded the Sidney Myer Performing Arts Awards' Facilitator's Prize. Most recently, Richard was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Green Room Awards Association in June 2021. Follow him on Twitter: @richardthewatts