Colin Bowden, Drum Genie Supreme!

High time Jazz&Jazz paid tribute to our magnificent master drummer, Colin Bowden,
who has brought joy to jazz fans for so many decades.

Master Drummer Colin Bowden at Hemsby, 2012

I last spoke to Colin at Hemsby Autumn Jazz Parade back in 2015 when I filmed him on drums with “The Festival New Orleans All Stars”. The band also included Ken Sims on trumpet, so sadly recently departed.

As long ago as September, 2012, I set my mind to painting a portrait of Colin but fear that to this day I haven’t yet put brush to canvas. In my earlier feature entitled “Full Focus on Jazz Drummer Colin Bowden” I even asked fans to select their preference from one of four of my photographs of Colin.

So it would be wonderful if you could revisit that feature – just click on this link – to make your choice, but then post your preference in “Comments” at the foot of this post.

More about Colin.

Peter M Butler
Editor & Proprietor Jazz&Jazz

(Photos & YouTubes © Peter M Butler, Jazz&Jazz)

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  1. Norm888 says:

    Legendary jazz pianist Erroll Garner, when he got excited about the playing ability of another musician, he used say ‘who chi coo’. He explained it as meaning a ‘magnificent obsession’. I’d say both were in that category. Or, put more simply ‘just amazing’.

    Picture number one, by the way.

  2. Peter Butler says:

    Thank you, Norm!

  3. Laurel Lindstrom (nee Bowden) says:

    Our wonderful dad died 1st August, 2021, unexpectedly but peacefully. It’s a terrible loss, but what he gave us all is immeasurable.

  4. Peter Butler says:

    The response to his death is flooding in. I enjoyed photographing and filming him.

  5. Mick Rayner says:

    Yes it’s a great loss but his memories through all the bands he played with live on.

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