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Martyn Webster from England wrote on November 13, 2018 at 6:58 pm:
Such a shock. Fond memories of such an inspirational and energetic man who I was lucky enough to work with... Read more
Such a shock. Fond memories of such an inspirational and energetic man who I was lucky enough to work with on many albums throughout the years. R.I.P. Jon
Ian Wray from UK wrote on November 11, 2018 at 6:15 pm:
Everybody lives on in the memories of their friends and family, and in their children. But great musicians live on... Read more
Everybody lives on in the memories of their friends and family, and in their children. But great musicians live on in a special way, in the music making they inspire in those who have heard and loved them. It's true for me. I must have first heard Jon when I was sixteen years old. Do you like jazz a friend said, and slipped Bare Wires on his cool 60s stereogram. I couldn't really take it in at first but came to love it. It opened the door to jazz and blues for me. A lifelong passion. I saw Jon several times with Colosseum and heard his amazing drum solo at the Bath Festival at Shepton Mallet. He seemed such a gentleman. As Dick Heckstall Smith told us in his biography, when everyone else was out of their minds in the Graham Bond Organisation, Jon was reading the paper or nipping out for quiet curry with Dick. If you haven't heard Bare Wires, Those Who Are About to Die Salute You or the wonderful New Jazz Orchestra albums well you should do. And if you have then listen again. They are little masterpieces. The whole British jazz and blues scene gave us so much and still does. Truly, it is part of Jon's living memorial.
Geoffrey Fuller from United Kingdom wrote on November 9, 2018 at 7:53 am:
Simply the best drummer I've ever seen
Simply the best drummer I've ever seen
rich from austria wrote on October 20, 2018 at 4:55 pm:
thank you jon, great music and performances, once i visited a colosseum concert in vienna around 1991 , great times...rip... Read more
thank you jon, great music and performances, once i visited a colosseum concert in vienna around 1991 , great times...rip jon!
Chris Heath from UK wrote on October 19, 2018 at 3:49 pm:
Huge loss to his family, to his fellow musicians and to music itself. Saw Colosseum for the first time in... Read more
Huge loss to his family, to his fellow musicians and to music itself. Saw Colosseum for the first time in 1969 at Southampton University and was astounded by their level of musicianship. I last saw them about five or six years ago with Barbara on sax. They sounded better than ever. I also saw him with the 'Bare Wires' line-up of Bluesbreakers at Southampton Guildhall - definitely Mayall's best band and arguably his best album. As I write this I am listening to JCM's "Heroes". I constantly 'Google' "Jon Hiseman tour" hoping that he'll be coming down my way - but now, sadly, he won't be and we are all the worse for it. RIP Jon - but he left a great legacy of superb music. My favourite drummer, a great band and what a true gentleman as well. Gone but definitely not forgotten.
PAUL DODD from United Kingdom wrote on October 15, 2018 at 12:05 am:
Such a sad and tragic loss of a dynamic drummer and musician. My sympathy goes to all his family and... Read more
Such a sad and tragic loss of a dynamic drummer and musician. My sympathy goes to all his family and close friends. I had the privilege of seeing Colosseum twice: in 1971 and finally in 2015. Also saw JCM in April. Three of my greatest live music experiences, thanks in no small measure to Jon Hiseman. I, and I'm sure all who knew and loved his music, salute you. RIP... I will be celebrating Jon's life in February 2019 at Shepherd's Bush.
mauro from Italy wrote on October 9, 2018 at 3:05 pm:
In italy the Colosseum is most famous in '70 years I remember a spectacle on tv in Italy when John... Read more
In italy the Colosseum is most famous in '70 years I remember a spectacle on tv in Italy when John plays with two batteries, is spectacular I have all the vinil of Colosseum and remember with particular emotion "Live " that my cousin buy for me in London Hello John
Tim Rendall from United Kingdom wrote on October 4, 2018 at 11:24 pm:
When I was 15 I watched 'sight and sound in concert' in early 1978 . On it was a band... Read more
When I was 15 I watched 'sight and sound in concert' in early 1978 . On it was a band called Colosseum II whom I'd never heard of. That concert captured my imagination and for my birthday I got 'electric savage' which I still play regularly to this day. I later saw Paraphernalia live and got to meet Jon and Barbara in person. I'll always be grateful to them for opening up the ears of a young rock fan to jazz. Jon also took the trouble to answer a couple of emails some years later too. I've always done my best to spread the word on this music. It needs to be heard. So sad that we've lost possibly the best ever British drummer and a nice bloke.
Guenter Reich from Gernany wrote on October 2, 2018 at 2:51 pm:
The death of Jon is a great loss. I used to listen to him since the late sixties. I feel... Read more
The death of Jon is a great loss. I used to listen to him since the late sixties. I feel with his family and band companions. He was one of the most talented musicians. Codially Guenter Reich Goettingen, Germany
Andrew Back from Cornwall wrote on October 2, 2018 at 12:19 pm:
This indeed is sad news. My warm wishes to All friends, family and fellow musicians. Jon, thank you so much... Read more
This indeed is sad news. My warm wishes to All friends, family and fellow musicians. Jon, thank you so much for the years of listening pleasure and inspiration. You were a true original. love to all
david markley from United Kingdom wrote on September 23, 2018 at 12:24 pm:
thanks to jon for all the years of listening pleasure,will be greatly missed.
thanks to jon for all the years of listening pleasure,will be greatly missed.
Frank Scott from United Kingdom wrote on September 22, 2018 at 9:03 pm:
Only just heard this news, very sad, RIP Jon
Only just heard this news, very sad, RIP Jon
Simon Gardner from United Kingdom wrote on September 20, 2018 at 11:52 pm:
Genius. So Sad
Genius. So Sad
Vicky from UK wrote on September 11, 2018 at 4:55 pm:
Many incredible and precious memories of Jon will live on. Since we first met, when I was just 5 years... Read more
Many incredible and precious memories of Jon will live on. Since we first met, when I was just 5 years old, he was always kind, inspiring, enthusiastic and so very much fun to be around. Still can't believe he's gone. What a loss to us all. But what a legacy he leaves. An amazing man. Missed. Always. xxx
Burkhard König from Deutschland wrote on September 11, 2018 at 3:32 pm:
Jon, we will miss you ... were going to see you with Clem and Mark in Bluesgarage in Isernhagen, but... Read more
Jon, we will miss you ... were going to see you with Clem and Mark in Bluesgarage in Isernhagen, but you couldn't play the gig anymore. So what will stay forever are many concerts with Colosseum, Paraphernalia and the UJRE where we met. You made life better for many people who enjoyed your playing the band. Your long lasting Love Affair with Barbara Thompson is a true prototype for me.
CELINA CERVANTES H from MEXICO wrote on September 9, 2018 at 3:57 am:
JON HISEMAN...UNICO E IRREPETIBLE...REY DE BATERISTAS...ACABO DE SABER QUE SE FUÉ AL CIELO...Y DIOS AHORA GOZA DE SUS INTERPRETACIONES Y... Read more
JON HISEMAN...UNICO E IRREPETIBLE...REY DE BATERISTAS...ACABO DE SABER QUE SE FUÉ AL CIELO...Y DIOS AHORA GOZA DE SUS INTERPRETACIONES Y A NOSOTROS NOS DEJA UN INFINITO LEGADO DE TALENTO, INTERPRETACION, CONPOSICIONES, SENSIBILIDAD..EN FIN..DE PARTE DE MI FAMILIA Y AMIGOS, UN GRAN ABRAZO A SU FAMILIA Y SERES QUERIDOS..LO VOLVERAN A VER...SI VOLVERAN A VERLO...LO SE...DE NUEVO GRACIAS POR TU LEGADO MUSICAL...QUE NOS HA HECHO..Y SEGUIRÁ HACIENDO VIBRAR NUESTRAS SENSIBILIDADES CON UN ESTILO UNICO...COMO EL...DICHOSOS EN EL CIELO QUE TE TIENEN AHORA...AL RATO POR ALLÁ TE CONOCERÉ Y MIS HERMANOS Y GENTE QUE TE HEMOS ADMIRADO INCREÍBLEMENTE SIN CONOCERTE. GRACIAS POR THE PIRATE´S DREAM...TIME LAMENT..STRANGE NEW FLESH...SKELINGTON...THE GRASS IS GREENER Y DEMÁS.. PETER AND THE WOLF......
CELINA CERVANTES HERRERA from MEXICO wrote on September 9, 2018 at 3:41 am:
UFFF... QUÉ NOTICIA..HOY LO SUPE...EN MI FAMILIA Y AMIGOS SIEMPRE ADMIRAMOS A JON FUNDADOR DE COLOSSEUM, BRILLANTES ALUBUMES TODOS, Y... Read more
UFFF... QUÉ NOTICIA..HOY LO SUPE...EN MI FAMILIA Y AMIGOS SIEMPRE ADMIRAMOS A JON FUNDADOR DE COLOSSEUM, BRILLANTES ALUBUMES TODOS, Y LOS TENEMOS TODOS EN L.P ALGUNOS EN CD...PETER AND THE WOLF, NO HEMOS ESCUCHADO EL ULTIMO PERO EL QUE ES GENIO...LO ES SIEMPRE...ALLÁ EN EL CIELO GOZARAN DE TUS CREACIONES, INTERPRETACIONES Y DIOS ESTARÁ COMPLACIDO...CON ESTE GRAN SER HUMANO, MÚSICO, COMPOSITOR...QUÉ MANERA DE TRASCENDER...ADÍOS JON H., UN GRAN ABRAZO A TU FAMILIA..GRACIAS POR TU INFINITO LEGADO MUSICAL..ESTO DE PARTE DE TODA MI FAMILIA Y AMIGOS, QUIENES TOCARON ALGUNAS DE TUS COMPOSICIONES.
David Mossman from UK wrote on September 7, 2018 at 10:05 am:
A little late perhaps but I just wanted to pay my own small tribute to the most amazing drummer. Loved... Read more
A little late perhaps but I just wanted to pay my own small tribute to the most amazing drummer. Loved his work – Walking in the Park was a favourite with my wife and I. We saw him many years back at Norwich Art Centre and we were blown away. He was very encouraging to my daughter who went on to become a music journalist.
Richard Peej from Uk wrote on September 5, 2018 at 11:17 am:
Jon will be sadly missed by so many including me. The Valentyne Suite album is a great favourite of mine,and... Read more
Jon will be sadly missed by so many including me. The Valentyne Suite album is a great favourite of mine,and now Jon and his family are in my thoughts each time I listen to it. Although he is no longer with us his great music lives on...
jack murray from u.k. wrote on August 29, 2018 at 3:20 pm:
Loved you man, you gave me everything with 'Live Colosseum', in 1971. The best drumming ever was on ' THE... Read more
Loved you man, you gave me everything with 'Live Colosseum', in 1971. The best drumming ever was on ' THE PIRATE'S DREAM', on Dick's solo album. You were my total idol. Your Colosseum music is in the top 10 albums ,with 3 three, entries!!!!!!!!!!!!! And that is up against the Stones, BEATLES, AND GOD !!!! HENDRIX. Totally love you man ,absolute GOD.
Andrew MacPherson from UK wrote on August 26, 2018 at 6:15 pm:
Shocked to discover this news belatedly, when searching to see if he was still recording. Priveliged to promote a concert... Read more
Shocked to discover this news belatedly, when searching to see if he was still recording. Priveliged to promote a concert by JH & co in Folkestone in the err ..70s. An exceptional musician. Respect
Paul Champkin from UK wrote on August 20, 2018 at 5:14 pm:
I was privileged to see Paraphernalia a number of times, twice at Holland Park (GLC) benefit gigs and then probably... Read more
I was privileged to see Paraphernalia a number of times, twice at Holland Park (GLC) benefit gigs and then probably 8 times at the Stables + the OU when Jon was ill and Gary Husband covered for him. I also loved Colosseum and Colosseum II. Jon was the complete package for me. Subtle and exuberant , fast and powerful with fantastic solos. To see him play at close quarters was such a pleasure. Sincere condolences to all his family and friends.
Keith from United Kingdom wrote on August 18, 2018 at 8:52 pm:
I was present at the Pizza Express gig in London earlier this year, another great night. I feel sick for... Read more
I was present at the Pizza Express gig in London earlier this year, another great night. I feel sick for his family at the moment. Goodbye you gentleman, I'm going to miss you and the live gigs. LEGENDARY PLAYER
Rocketman from United States wrote on August 17, 2018 at 5:54 am:
Very sorry to just learn of the death of Jon Hiseman. I believe he was one of the best rock... Read more
Very sorry to just learn of the death of Jon Hiseman. I believe he was one of the best rock and roll drummers of all time. And Colosseum, which he was largely responsible for forming, was one of the best groups of all time. Jon, thanks so much for all the music you did. It has provided me with endless hours of enjoyment. You may be gone from earth, but you and your great contribution to music will never be forgotten.
Rüdiger from Germany wrote on August 14, 2018 at 4:41 pm:
Unfortunately, I just heard about Jon's death today and I am still quite shocked. For me Jon was the measure... Read more
Unfortunately, I just heard about Jon's death today and I am still quite shocked. For me Jon was the measure of all things on drums over 40 years - no matter if he performed with Colosseum, Paraphenalia or the United Jazz & Rock Ensemble. Like all fans, I will always remember him and the fantastic concerts at which I was fortunate to enjoy him. Rest in peace, Jon.
AlasdaIr Reid from UK wrote on August 14, 2018 at 12:32 pm:
Colosseum was my first love. not sure where I heard them first, perhaps on John Peel's show. Anyhow I saw... Read more
Colosseum was my first love. not sure where I heard them first, perhaps on John Peel's show. Anyhow I saw them in the Maryland Club in Glasgow, one of the first gigs with Chris Farlowe. He brought on a music stand! This was on a Vertigo package tour. Very soon afterwards they played at an all night Uni gig in Glasgow. The final time was at the Bingo Hall in Paisley High Street. What a band. I treasure these concerts. And one of their songs will be played at my funeral when it is my time. Condolences to his family and band colleagues. Above all THANKS
Jacqueline Kroft from United Kingdom wrote on August 11, 2018 at 4:20 am:
This is a sad moment in our lives to lose Jon. My thoughts and love go to Barbara, Ana and... Read more
This is a sad moment in our lives to lose Jon. My thoughts and love go to Barbara, Ana and Marcus. Jon's energy, talent and drive was infectious and he made me reverent of his incredible giving nature. Thank you Jon for being so wonderful, for filling my life with great aspirations by teaching me what a truly great musician is all about. You will be missed.
Alex MacInnes from Scotland wrote on August 11, 2018 at 3:38 am:
I am greatly saddened to read tonight that the outstandingly talented Jon Hiseman had passed away two months ago. I... Read more
I am greatly saddened to read tonight that the outstandingly talented Jon Hiseman had passed away two months ago. I had heard nothing in the media about Jon's passing. My elder son and I have been lifelong fans of Jon's enormous talent, influence and unrivalled musical skills. I feel that there will be many who feel his loss as keenly as I/we do. Our heartfelt condolences to Barbara, Marcus and Anna.
cotard from France wrote on August 5, 2018 at 7:32 pm:
jon was one of my favorite authors i followed colosseum since the 1970s and his compsitions did not take a... Read more
jon was one of my favorite authors i followed colosseum since the 1970s and his compsitions did not take a wrist of condolence to his regret never having attended his concerts
Cliff Chonka from Wales wrote on July 31, 2018 at 7:46 pm:
Jon's legacy will live on in some amazing music as I think back to my student days in America in... Read more
Jon's legacy will live on in some amazing music as I think back to my student days in America in the early 70's when I first discovered Colosseum. The live double album will be listened to by me with a heavy heart. Barbara, I hope you can carry on making more great music in his memory!
john magill from United Kingdom wrote on July 31, 2018 at 8:57 am:
Fond memories from 1st Colosseum, when we were all young, to the 90s and 00s band. From Colosseum I was... Read more
Fond memories from 1st Colosseum, when we were all young, to the 90s and 00s band. From Colosseum I was introduced to the music of Neil Ardley and many others. What an astonishing musical legacy from a fine drummer and band leader who, it seems, was held in high regard, both as a musician and human being, by all who knew and worked with him. I'm sure he'll be missed by all, particularly family Hiseman. Rest in peace Jon and thanks for the wonderful memories..
Paul Roberts wrote on July 27, 2018 at 8:18 pm:
I had the privilege of seeing colosseum at the royal albert hall after buying their albums. I am saddened by... Read more
I had the privilege of seeing colosseum at the royal albert hall after buying their albums. I am saddened by Jons death having felt he was going to continue to drive the drums forever. His enthusiasm and fervour for music produced a multitude of bands and never failed to attract virtuoso musicians into his fold of amazing colleagues.I will certainly miss Jon's style of music and I am sure his presence in the music industry will be missed by many. My heart goes out to Barbara, family and his friends.
mick robshaw from ENGLAND wrote on July 27, 2018 at 3:49 pm:
Just bought Mojo and very saddened to read about Jon's death. Huge fan of Colosseum who I saw a number... Read more
Just bought Mojo and very saddened to read about Jon's death. Huge fan of Colosseum who I saw a number of times. What talented musicians. Of all the drum solos I have listened to/endured over the years his were the very best. My deepest sympathies to all his family.
Joost van Mourik from Netherlands wrote on July 27, 2018 at 10:32 am:
Thank you John, for all your great music, esp. 'The daughter of time' album...
Thank you John, for all your great music, esp. 'The daughter of time' album...
Stephen Bennett from England wrote on July 26, 2018 at 8:52 am:
Fond memories of a fabulous concert at Oxford Town Hall as a 14-year old in 1970. Music has lost a... Read more
Fond memories of a fabulous concert at Oxford Town Hall as a 14-year old in 1970. Music has lost a fine artist. R.I.P.
mervyn ashford from wales wrote on July 24, 2018 at 8:07 pm:
Thanks for the fantastic music, I have been a fan of Colosseum and related music Tempest, Greenslade, and solo albums... Read more
Thanks for the fantastic music, I have been a fan of Colosseum and related music Tempest, Greenslade, and solo albums for the last 35 years. So glad I got to speak to Jon at the robin2 in Wolverhampton the JCM gig, but gutted I didn't get to ask the questions I had planed, I was a little star struck and also didn't want to use up too much of his time. The que was getting rather long. R.I.P. Jon your music will live on even my children sing along in the car.
Norman Fee from UK wrote on July 24, 2018 at 7:30 pm:
The first live concert i ever went to was at the old refectory at southampton university and i had no... Read more
The first live concert i ever went to was at the old refectory at southampton university and i had no idea what or who colloseum were but when they went on stage and started with walking in the park i was hooked and then they played tracks from the valentyne suite and they had me in another land called jazz rock but everything was driven by Jon's amazing ability to be the heart of the band so for that truly cataclysmic night i thank you and the rest of the guys RIP JH
Caleb Quaye from United States wrote on July 23, 2018 at 8:41 pm:
Jon thank you for being a man of passion and integrity for not only music but for people as well.... Read more
Jon thank you for being a man of passion and integrity for not only music but for people as well. it was always a great pleasure and inspiration to work with you. my memories of you are all the way good! RIP
Tim & Rachel Redpath from UK wrote on July 21, 2018 at 6:17 pm:
Jon Hiseman - the most passionate and enthusiastic man I have ever met in every respect. A wonderful musician, family... Read more
Jon Hiseman - the most passionate and enthusiastic man I have ever met in every respect. A wonderful musician, family man and seeker of all new discoveries in life. I first met Jon in the 1990's as a classical saxophonist recording some of Barbara's wonderful music. His ability to 'cross over' into the realms of classical music summed up his thirst for knowledge and desire to master what he learnt. He could put many an experienced classical producer and engineer to shame. He will be sorely missed by so many.
Nadine André from UK wrote on July 21, 2018 at 6:07 pm:
Jon, thank you for so much in only a few years. Thank you for Barbara, for showing her so much... Read more
Jon, thank you for so much in only a few years. Thank you for Barbara, for showing her so much love and being there for her in every way. Thank you for Ana & Marcus, and for being their inspiration and their muse. And thanks for all the handy tips - about speakers, drums, sound for mics etc, and going on and on about getting our videos out there. We'll take your advice! 😉 You said this year was going to be big, and it has been. Life has been much richer for you being in it! Love, Nadine
Ramona Gosparini from Italy wrote on July 21, 2018 at 10:20 am:
When I read the news I was shocked and it broke my heart...he will be greatly missed - my condolences... Read more
When I read the news I was shocked and it broke my heart...he will be greatly missed - my condolences to Barbara and their loved ones
John Denley from England. wrote on July 21, 2018 at 9:13 am:
For my part Jon was one of the very finest drummers in history,a leader,but more than that a wonderful human... Read more
For my part Jon was one of the very finest drummers in history,a leader,but more than that a wonderful human being who will never be forgotten as long as we live.
Jan Backenroth from Sweden wrote on July 19, 2018 at 4:40 pm:
I first became aware of Colosseum when "Valentyne Suite" was released. A remarkable record that was different from pop music... Read more
I first became aware of Colosseum when "Valentyne Suite" was released. A remarkable record that was different from pop music of that time. The follow-up "Daughter of time" made me aware of Jon Hiseman´s ability to keep a long drum solo interesting! Since then I followed Jon´s different bands and recordnings. However I missed every opportunity to see him play live. That was until Colosseum´s farewell concert at Shephards Bush in February 2015. There I met Jon and the other members after a fantastic concert when they signed records. This spring I was going to listen to JCM in Hamburg but the concert was cancelled. Before these two occasions I had a short mail contact with Jon and he kindly replied to me. Although I never knew him personally I felt Jon was a great man. A serious and extraordinary musician and a real gentleman! He has influenced a lot of people and has made a positive impact in modern music history. It is a loss but the music and memories are with me. I think of his family, friends and band members! RIP Jon!
Samuel from United Kingdom wrote on July 16, 2018 at 12:43 am:
I wasn't aware until this week of John's passing. Been playing Colosseum and Tempest LPs this eve, paying greater attention... Read more
I wasn't aware until this week of John's passing. Been playing Colosseum and Tempest LPs this eve, paying greater attention to John's incredible contribution. One of the greatest drummers of all time. Thanks for so many special moments..
Kornél Szalai from Hungary wrote on July 15, 2018 at 5:09 pm:
It was in the early 90s' in my university years, when a friend of mine introduced me into the musical... Read more
It was in the early 90s' in my university years, when a friend of mine introduced me into the musical world of Colosseum. 1 or 2 years later it was unbelievable to see the first posters of the Reunion.... I hardly believed it. Since than I was present on gigs all the time when Colosseum stepped on the land of my country. Truly mesmerizing experiences..... I was so sad when I read what happened to Jon, unfortunately I could not be in the Porgy & Bess, (Vienna)...no more chance. And it's really a remarkable resemblance how my other favorite musician, Luther Allison passed away in 1997. His very very-kind personality I remember...I managed to take some shot after the gigs. Lost Angeles, Memories Forever.... My deepest sympathies to your family.
Francis from uk wrote on July 15, 2018 at 11:14 am:
So sad that Jon has left us. I first saw Jon with John Mayall at the Woolwich Poly and was... Read more
So sad that Jon has left us. I first saw Jon with John Mayall at the Woolwich Poly and was fortunate to see him in April this year at the Stables. Sadly missed. Francis
alex werkmeister from germany wrote on July 14, 2018 at 10:19 pm:
dear Jon, you were such a great drummer and human being, always with smile and you shared great stories to... Read more
dear Jon, you were such a great drummer and human being, always with smile and you shared great stories to me - loved our interview and meets - the last one just 2 days before you got ill 2018 - R.I.P. Jon link to the interview with Jon https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3yBn6l7MhUA
PaulStoddard from United Kingdom wrote on July 14, 2018 at 12:50 pm:
Another giant of music has passed away so sad but has left a legacy which will live on forever
Another giant of music has passed away so sad but has left a legacy which will live on forever
Urs Schwarz from Netherlands wrote on July 14, 2018 at 9:57 am:
Miss Jon Hiseman and his spirit a lot. I am listening to his music since the early 70's
Miss Jon Hiseman and his spirit a lot. I am listening to his music since the early 70's
Jens Skwirblies from Germany wrote on July 13, 2018 at 10:18 pm:
...RIP Jon...forever missed - but never forgotten..:-(((
...RIP Jon...forever missed - but never forgotten..:-(((
John Burrell from England wrote on July 13, 2018 at 1:38 pm:
I followed Jon from being a teenager to my 70th year. Mayall, Colosseum (s), Tempest, Paraphernalia and various Jazz excursions,... Read more
I followed Jon from being a teenager to my 70th year. Mayall, Colosseum (s), Tempest, Paraphernalia and various Jazz excursions, particularly with my other heroes, Jack Bruce and DHS. A true inspiration to all musicians and a real gentleman, having time to talk to fans. Very sadly missed. Love to Barbara and his family. R.I.P.
Neil from UK wrote on July 13, 2018 at 12:27 pm:
I am so sad to read of the death of Jon Hiseman, one of THE great drummers and who I... Read more
I am so sad to read of the death of Jon Hiseman, one of THE great drummers and who I was fortunate enough to see twice with Colosseum II. I have followed his career since buying Daughter of Time from a friend back in the 70s - watching the 1994 Reunion Concert dvd next time will be extremely poignant.
Pete Wilkinson from United Kingdom wrote on July 13, 2018 at 12:10 pm:
Since 1969 I’ve been a fan of Colosseum and Jon and Barbara. The music has meant so much to me... Read more
Since 1969 I’ve been a fan of Colosseum and Jon and Barbara. The music has meant so much to me and is constantly played by me on one device or another. I was so pleased to be able to make 2 JCM gigs in the UK and able to speak with Jon on both occasions so what a shock when he left us! He will be missed by so many people and I’ve had numerous friends enquire about his passing. My love to all the Hiseman family and the Colosseum family, because that’s what we are!!
Trond Lundberg from Norway wrote on July 13, 2018 at 12:00 pm:
I first became aware of Jon Hiseman in 1972, when I heard his dynamic drumming and musicianship on the doubledecker... Read more
I first became aware of Jon Hiseman in 1972, when I heard his dynamic drumming and musicianship on the doubledecker "Colosseum Live", an almost physical tour de force (if this makes any sense). Now he is gone - - and yet he is still here with us. I listen to Rope Ladder and am comforted. Peace, peace.
Tim Drake from United Kingdom wrote on July 13, 2018 at 10:12 am:
I was so saddened to hear of Jon's death. Although I was aware of him as a member of John... Read more
I was so saddened to hear of Jon's death. Although I was aware of him as a member of John Mayall's band, he first came to the forefront of my attention with Colosseum, but the greatest joy he gave me was with UJRE, a collaboration of musicians that in my view has never in this country received the praise and recognition it deserved. And thanks to modern technology I have also been able to admire his work before Colosseum with the New Jazz Orchestra and Graham Bond. Life can be unfair at times, as he plainly left with so much still to do, but we, as mere listeners, will still be able to remember him every time we play a track on which he plays. Life passes but the music lives on. To Barbara, Marcus and Anna, and his extended family, my sincere condolences. Jon was greatly loved and respected for his contribution to music in his various capacities. If there is any sort of afterlife there is one hell of a band there now.
Claire McAllister wrote on July 12, 2018 at 11:46 pm:
I was very lucky to meet and spend time with Jon. A gifted, intelligent and hardworking musician with a warm... Read more
I was very lucky to meet and spend time with Jon. A gifted, intelligent and hardworking musician with a warm heart. So sad to hear of his passing. Warm condolences to you all in the family, Claire xx
PAOLO VIGO from Italia wrote on July 12, 2018 at 10:14 pm:
I'm very sad and speachless , i'm a fan of COLOSSEUM and great valuer of Jon. I still can't get... Read more
I'm very sad and speachless , i'm a fan of COLOSSEUM and great valuer of Jon. I still can't get my head around of your -our lost
Andy Shelton from United States wrote on July 12, 2018 at 10:06 pm:
I have written a tribute to Jon that can be found at drew5571.wordpress.com that tells of my introduction to his... Read more
I have written a tribute to Jon that can be found at drew5571.wordpress.com that tells of my introduction to his music. Upon reading about Jon”s illness, I was introduced and reintroduced to the music he played. The album he did with Clem Clempson and Mark Clarke is a great introduction to his work. My favorite songs are “ The Kettle”, “ Foyers Of Fun”, “ Yeah, Yeah, Yeah” and “ Rivers”. I bought “ Colosseum Live” and was reintroduced to “ Lost Angeles”. I bought the biography of Jon Hiseman” called “ Playing The Band”. I liked his attitude about music and advice about drumming. He was a man humble about his achievements but proud of his family. May God give you comfort, healing, hope and strength. His playing with Colosseum and other bands have given me so much enjoyment. I will continue to keep playing his music. I will play the bands. This is what he would have wanted.
Thomas Hauer from Austria wrote on July 12, 2018 at 7:57 pm:
I am a lucky man. First time I saw Jon Hiseman was at a live performance with Barbara Thompson in... Read more
I am a lucky man. First time I saw Jon Hiseman was at a live performance with Barbara Thompson in 1987 in Austria. Being 15 years old at that time I was very lucky being influenced by my older brother, who showed me the other world of music. Remember - the eighties wasn’t really the decade famous of its music quality! So I was like an alien at school listening to artists like Miles Davies, Wheather Report or also John Mayall and Eric Clapton or Pink Floyd. Suddenly my brother handed over “Colosseum Live”. I couldn’t believe what I headed! A mix of all the music I admired, jazz elements, blues classics and sometimes elements of rock and roll. Since 1987 Colosseum is at my side. Unfortunately the band didn’t perform any more that time. Again I was lucky that suddenly I had the chance to see the band live in 2011 and 2014. I met Jon after the concert in Salzburg and got a signed drumstick for my son who started playing the drums that time. They disbanded in 2015 and luckily Jon started the JCM project and I got tickets for the concert at 16. May in Salzburg. I had the chance to see them in Vienna or Innsbruck (I was even there at 10. April but didn’t see them looking forward for the 16. May...) So then the tragedy began and Jon got ill and the concerts had to be cancelled. But I still think I am a lucky man having seen Jon Hiseman live three times. The music will be permanently there, it is forever. I am so sad for Jon and his family. He will be unforgotten
Gerry Brown from USA wrote on July 12, 2018 at 6:44 pm:
My condolences to your Family. Head Down Palms Up. Groove In Paradise.🥁🎶🥁🎶
My condolences to your Family. Head Down Palms Up. Groove In Paradise.🥁🎶🥁🎶
Stanley Hall from USA wrote on July 12, 2018 at 2:08 pm:
I first heard Jon with Colosseum in the sixties - his playing thrilled me and I immediately became a fan... Read more
I first heard Jon with Colosseum in the sixties - his playing thrilled me and I immediately became a fan for life. It was a great honor for me to meet him at his home in the mid-90s to interview him for Talking Drums magazine (I met Barbara and their daughter as they were just leaving to go shopping so I have no real memory of them unfortunately). Jon was very gracious and generous with his time, walking me through his studio and showing me his collection of snare drums out in the garage. He even helped me with my tape recorder when it started acting up in the middle of the interview - the guy could do everything! A great man with a great talent, a great mind, a great reputation, and a great heart. My life is better for having heard and met him.
Muddy Manninen from Uk wrote on July 12, 2018 at 12:40 pm:
Thank you , Jon, for sharing this walk of life with your music.
Thank you , Jon, for sharing this walk of life with your music.
Simon from England wrote on July 11, 2018 at 7:13 pm:
A very sad loss.
A very sad loss.
Steve Donoghue from England wrote on July 11, 2018 at 2:53 pm:
I didn't know your dad but I was a fan of Colosseum, Colosseum II and Tempest, and also your Mum's... Read more
I didn't know your dad but I was a fan of Colosseum, Colosseum II and Tempest, and also your Mum's band Paraphernalia. He sounded like a decent chap, condolences to you all.P
Dr. Gerd Rudel from Germany wrote on July 11, 2018 at 2:33 pm:
Am 12. Juni 2018, neun Tage vor seinem 74. Geburtstag, ist Jon Hiseman an den Folgen eines Gehirntumors und den... Read more
Am 12. Juni 2018, neun Tage vor seinem 74. Geburtstag, ist Jon Hiseman an den Folgen eines Gehirntumors und den Komplikationen nach zwei Operationen gestorben. Für seine Familie (seine Frau Barbara Thompson, mit der er seit 50 Jahren verheiratet war, seine Tochter Ana Gracey und seinen Sohn Marcus), die unendlich vielen Musiker*innen, mit denen er im Laufe seiner Karriere zusammenspielte, für die vielen Freunde, Bekannten und Bewunderer, denen er in der einen oder anderen Weise bei ihren eigenen Projekten unterstützend und beratend zur Seite stand, für die Jazz- und Rock-Szene insgesamt ist dies ein unermesslicher Verlust. Hiseman, der sich in Jazzbands genauso wohl fühlte wie in Rock-Formationen, war nicht nur ein großartiger Schlagzeuger, der durch sein technisches Können und seine Virtuosität überzeugte, ja oft genug verblüffte. Sein Schlagzeugspiel stand vielmehr immer im Dienste seiner Gruppen, das Zusammenspiel, der Band-Sound war ihm immer wichtiger als das eigene Ego. Seine Biografie ist nicht zufällig „Playing the Band“ (ein übrigens sehr, sehr lesenswertes Buch!) betitelt. Dieses Motto fasst seine musikalische Karriere prägnant zusammen. Einem breiteren Publikum bekannt geworden ist Jon Hiseman als Mitbegründer und Leader von Colosseum, jener Band, die von 1969 bis 1971 mit drei Studio-LPs und einer Live-LP (meiner Meinung nach: bis heute unerreichte!) Maßstäbe in Sachen Jazzrock und Prog-Rock setzte. 1994 kam es zu einer Reunion, die bis zum endgültigen Abschiedskonzert am 28. Februar 2015 in London währte und den Fans noch drei Studio- und zwei Live-Platten auf gewohnt hohem Niveau bescherte. Neben seinem Wirken im Rockbereich (wozu auch die Colosseum-Nachfolger Tempest und Colosseum II sowie die erst jüngst ins Leben gerufene JCM-Band gehören) war Hiseman aber schon immer, und das ist vielleicht weniger bekannt, ein gefragter Jazz-Schlagzeuger: im New Jazz Orchestra in den sechziger Jahren oder bei Et Cetera (wo er mit Larry Coryell und Wolfgang Dauner spielte), in der von seiner Frau geleiteten Gruppe „Paraphernalia“ und nicht zuletzt im United Jazz & Rock Ensemble, in der sich die Crême de la Crême des europäischen Jazz ein Stelldichein gab. Dazu kamen eine Vielzahl von Kollaborationen, die hier aufzuzählen zu weit führen würde. Viele der Platten, auf denen er mitgespielt hat, stehen in meinem LP- und CD-Schrank, viele andere habe ich in digitalisierter Form. Ich kann guten Gewissens behaupten: Da ist keine dabei, die ich nicht zumindest als hörenswert einstufen würde. Viele davon, vor allem die Colosseum– und UJ&RE-Platten habe ich über die Jahre hinweg dutzende Male gehört, ohne dass dies jemals langweilig gewesen wäre. Etliche davon würde ich als absolute Meisterwerke einstufen, so zum Beispiel die Doppel-LP „Colosseum live“ von 1971. Wenn Jon Hiseman irgendwo mitspielt, dann bürgt das für musikalische Top-Qualität. Ich habe den Eindruck, dieses Qualitätsbewusstsein übertrug sich auch auf seine Musiker-Kollegen. Chris Farlowe beispielsweise ist in seiner langen Laufbahn nie und nirgends besser gewesen als auf den Colosseum-Veröffentlichungen. Ähnliches gilt wohl auch für Clem Clempson, diesen leider immer noch unterbewerteten Gitarristen. Man höre nur die Vielseitigkeit, mit der er auf der JCM-Platte „Heroes“ besticht. Ich selbst habe Hiseman vier Mal live erleben dürfen: 1971 in London, 2011 in Nürnberg, 2014 in Berlin, jeweils mit Colosseum und 1978 in München mit dem UJ&R-Ensemble. Jedes dieser Konzerte war für mich ein unvergessliches Erlebnis. Jon Hisemans Präsenz und Präzision, seine unglaubliche technische Virtuosität waren beeindruckend. Dazu kam: seine menschliche Ausstrahlung und Wärme, sein Understatement und sein durch und durch britischer Humor. Jon Hiseman, das merkte ich auch, als er nach dem Berliner Konzert für mich sein Buch signierte und wir ein paar Sätze wechseln konnten, war kein Musiker auf dem Ego-Trip, sondern ein freundlicher und zugewandter Mensch. Das wird auch sehr deutlich, wenn man die vielen, sehr persönlichen und berührenden Statements liest, die auf der Colosseum-Fanpage seit dem Bekanntwerden seiner Krankheit und heute nach seinem Tod von Freunden, Musikern und Fans aus aller Welt veröffentlicht wurden. Mit Jon Hiseman verlieren wir einen gleichermaßen sympathischen wie großartigen Musiker. Wir werden ihn vermissen. Was bleibt, ist das immense und so wertvolle musikalische Erbe, das er hinterlässt. Die allerletzte Platte, jene schon erwähnte von JCM, heißt „Heroes„. Damit zollen Jon Hiseman, Clem Clempson und Mark Clarke ihren musikalischen Helden, die schon verstorben sind, einen schönen musikalischen Tribut.
Eric Fitch from United Kingdom wrote on July 11, 2018 at 2:17 pm:
I was shocked and so sad at the passing of Jon. I have followed his, and Barbara's, career since 1967... Read more
I was shocked and so sad at the passing of Jon. I have followed his, and Barbara's, career since 1967 and I feel that we have lost a great musician who had much more to offer. I was so pleased to have been present at the last Colosseum gig in London when he, and all the other band members, were on top form. Condolences to Barbara and family.
Jan Kowalczyk from United Kingdom wrote on July 11, 2018 at 1:20 pm:
Such sad news...one of my first musical heroes, hearing Valentyne Suite at the age of 13 in 1970 and following... Read more
Such sad news...one of my first musical heroes, hearing Valentyne Suite at the age of 13 in 1970 and following ever since ..a truly great musician./composer.. Big condolences to all
Lado from Slovenia wrote on July 11, 2018 at 12:49 pm:
Thank you Jon for great music and koncerts (especially the last one in Vienna Avstria 13.apr.2018 in Porgy&Bess Club with... Read more
Thank you Jon for great music and koncerts (especially the last one in Vienna Avstria 13.apr.2018 in Porgy&Bess Club with JCM band) I'm a fan of Jon Hisemana since 1969. In my collection are all Lp and Cd. I am very proud to have signed it all for Jon. The most memorable for me is the picture with Jon, Mark and Clem at a concert in Vienna in April 2018.
Stephen Eyers from UK wrote on July 11, 2018 at 11:37 am:
I'm not a musician or a drummer - just a music fan. I've seen many bands in the last 50... Read more
I'm not a musician or a drummer - just a music fan. I've seen many bands in the last 50 years, but Colosseum were my favourite and Jon was the best drummer I ever saw. Not only a great and talented musician but a lovely man. Always had time for his fans. I will treasure the t-shirt that he gave me at a gig, which he remembered to bring specially. Can't really believe you have gone. But thanks for everything - so sad - you will be greatly missed. RIP Jon.
Ronnie Barker from Wales uk wrote on July 11, 2018 at 10:27 am:
I first heard Coliseum on John Peels top gear on a Sunday afternoon before they issued their first album I... Read more
I first heard Coliseum on John Peels top gear on a Sunday afternoon before they issued their first album I was so enthralled by what I heard I wanted more I purchased their album as soon as it came out and continually played it I first saw them live at the Marquee club in Soho They didn’t disappoint ether ,in fact they were even better live I was mesmarisd by Johns drumming all beautifully timed with the rest of the band and of course Dick playing 2 saxaphones at the same time I started following their gigs all over the country and was never disappointed It was sadness in my heart when they broke up but of course Jon was still playing so all was not lost Coliseum were a band ahead of their time and I think most of his fans including me thought that We were listening to music of the future and even more so to a drummer who to me made ginger Baker look very ordinary When the band reformed in 1994 you would have to think if they would lose any of their style and panache after all those years gone by Oh no none of it they were just as good if not somehow better Even if Chris Farlow could not quite get the high notes as he did before it made no difference to the sound The drumming of Jon was as brilliant as ever In fact I had the same experience as when I first saw them back in 1969 Jon I miss you so much and your wonderful music I still have my happy memories and I still have all your albums To you Barbara and Anna and the rest of your family my sincere condolences and I know Jon will not be forgotten and neither will his music RIP Jon Hiseman rest in peace you will never be forgotten
Tim Ridley wrote on July 11, 2018 at 10:17 am:
With Jon’s passing a huge part of my musical upbringing has gone with him. At school in the 70’s my... Read more
With Jon’s passing a huge part of my musical upbringing has gone with him. At school in the 70’s my first introduction to his spectacular playing was through ALW’s ‘Variations’. To a kid who only listened to classical and ALW (!) this was a revelation - I promptly looked out the Colosseum II LPs, and the knock-on was a lifelong love of fusion and progressive rock. I was lucky enough to fix Paraphernalia for a gig at Marlborough College, exchanging emails with Barbara and Jon and finally getting to meet two of my all-time musical heroes. Chatting to Jon at the gig I was humbled by his down-to-earth musician-to-musician respect with me as I bombarded him with questions such as “what time signature is ‘Listen To The Plants’ in” (answer - “ I don’t know, but I can tell you how to play it!”). I have my signed copies of Playing the Band and About Time Too as further special memories. Now Director of Music in a senior school, I ensure the youth of today are aware of greatness from the past. In the minibus yesterday, returning from a Music Tour, I played ‘Intergalactic Strut’ over the speakers. As the magnificently detailed, yet rock steady alternating 4/4 5/4 groove filled the bus, the kids looked up from their phones and were engrossed in the wonderful musicianship on display. RIP Jon, and love to all your family. One of the world’s greatest has been taken from us.
Mike Grove from UK wrote on July 11, 2018 at 9:02 am:
So sad to have only just heard of Jon's passing. My condolences to Barbara and the family. I was such... Read more
So sad to have only just heard of Jon's passing. My condolences to Barbara and the family. I was such a fan in their Paraphernalia years, particularly with Dill Katz and Colin Dudman. Listening to Aliyah live, now, goosebumps...
Kari Kukkonen from Finland wrote on July 11, 2018 at 8:18 am:
On Saturday the 22nd of August in 1970 the 5 piece Colosseum played as the main act at the first... Read more
On Saturday the 22nd of August in 1970 the 5 piece Colosseum played as the main act at the first Finnish ”Woodstock” called Ruisrock. They were awesome and I became a lifelong fan of theirs. I was a bassist but Jon appeared to be my hero number one, a world star from UK. At first I didn't understand why this was, but later I have understood it fully. Of course the whole band and the music was superb but Jon was just above all. At the time I could not possibly imagine that one day I would have the chance to sit in the same small table with him. I did not have that dream but this happened in 2011 when Colosseum played Keitelejazz in Finland where I had the honor to host the band during their 3 day stay. On Saturday Jon said ”It's a lunch time” and we (my wife and me) went for a lunch together with the lovely couple Jon and Barbara. We walked through the city center to one of the best restaurants in town, had the lunch talking about quite normal things and Jon taking good care of Barbara. Since 1993 we had met several times but never like this. For the last time I was in contact with Jon on the 5th of May 2018, so 3 days before the first operation, when I got a message from him to my phone. I won`t tell the content of the message here. Thank You Jon for all nice memories You gave us during about 50 years. Our condolences and best wishes to Barbara, Ana and Marcus.
Tony Scullion from UK wrote on July 11, 2018 at 7:24 am:
He certainly left his mark in this world. I’ll never forget seeing Colosseum at their last gig in Shepherds Bush... Read more
He certainly left his mark in this world. I’ll never forget seeing Colosseum at their last gig in Shepherds Bush (the only time I saw them). I caught Jon twice this year, once with the Peter Lemer Quintet and later with the fantastic JCM. My introduction to Jon was a clip of a live broadcast of BT Paraphernalia shown on the OGWT back in the late 70’s. I’ve followed him ever since. RIP Jon.
Phil Parker from UK wrote on July 11, 2018 at 3:07 am:
First saw Jon and Colosseum at The Bath Music Festival in 1969 as a 17yr old schoolboy. From then he... Read more
First saw Jon and Colosseum at The Bath Music Festival in 1969 as a 17yr old schoolboy. From then he became something of an icon for me and though we never met, he positively influenced aspects of my life from afar. He has gone, but we can take comfort from the knowledge that his music lives on.
Rex Burton UK from UK wrote on July 11, 2018 at 1:16 am:
Jon inspired me with his real presence on the drumset. He made me realise just how unique his dynamic playing... Read more
Jon inspired me with his real presence on the drumset. He made me realise just how unique his dynamic playing was. I shall never forget him. The last of the great show drummers of our era.
Lili from United Kingdom wrote on July 10, 2018 at 9:53 pm:
I miss my grandpa so much I only saw him for six years 🙁 😭😭😭😭😢😰 I really feel like I... Read more
I miss my grandpa so much I only saw him for six years 🙁 😭😭😭😭😢😰 I really feel like I could go back in time and spend more time with him - it’s really sad 😭😭 I love my grandfather so much he made me who I am he gave me the silly funny part of me. I wish you come back to life I wish magic could happen and we could go back in time 🤞🏻🙏🏻😖😔
luigi magli from italia wrote on July 10, 2018 at 8:11 pm:
grande !!!!!!! ho avuto la gioia di ascoltarti in Calabria- (sud Italia) insieme al grande gruppo dei COLOSSEUM che ho... Read more
grande !!!!!!! ho avuto la gioia di ascoltarti in Calabria- (sud Italia) insieme al grande gruppo dei COLOSSEUM che ho tanto ammirato e seguito anche da ragazzo...ci mancherai.
Tom Harris from Wales wrote on July 10, 2018 at 7:38 pm:
I played with Jon in the New Jazz Orchestra way back in 64/65 a great guy and a great musician... Read more
I played with Jon in the New Jazz Orchestra way back in 64/65 a great guy and a great musician RIP my friend.
Steve Lawrence from U.K. wrote on July 10, 2018 at 7:15 pm:
In 1971 I bought Live as a naive 16 year old. Nearly fell off the bed during the intro to... Read more
In 1971 I bought Live as a naive 16 year old. Nearly fell off the bed during the intro to Rope ladder. That excitement has never faded. Thanks Jon for everything. A life well run my friend
Massimo from Italia wrote on July 10, 2018 at 7:05 pm:
Ciao maestro!
Ciao maestro!
Gianni Gherardi from Italy wrote on July 10, 2018 at 7:01 pm:
Just last year I bought the double cd Colosseum Live always amazing. Thanks Jon per great concerts you made In... Read more
Just last year I bought the double cd Colosseum Live always amazing. Thanks Jon per great concerts you made In Italy. Your fan Gianni Gigio
Julian Christou from USA wrote on July 10, 2018 at 6:35 pm:
Jon, I have admired your work ever since I heard your contributions to the first Jack Bruce album, "Songs for... Read more
Jon, I have admired your work ever since I heard your contributions to the first Jack Bruce album, "Songs for a Tailor". The Colosseum, Tempest and Colosseum II albums are still in regular play for me along with other albums you were involved with such as Ian Carr's "Belladonna" and the United Jazz+Rock Ensemble as well as Paraphernalia. Thank you for providing part of the soundtrack to my life. You are missed already.
Gottfried Kraft from Austria wrote on July 10, 2018 at 6:22 pm:
Always remembering to one of the greatest Drummer of the world - Jon Hiseman. I met him with Colosseum, Colosseum... Read more
Always remembering to one of the greatest Drummer of the world - Jon Hiseman. I met him with Colosseum, Colosseum II and Paraphernalia and some times he signed my pictures and cds. God bless him and I am so sorry that he passed away. Rest in peace Jon!
frog goddard from uk wrote on July 10, 2018 at 5:15 pm:
I've been drumming since 1963 and Jon was a great influence to me and many other musicians I'm sure. A... Read more
I've been drumming since 1963 and Jon was a great influence to me and many other musicians I'm sure. A great loss to us all. Love to his family and friends.
Clive Davies from United Kingdom wrote on July 10, 2018 at 4:51 pm:
Jon was a very special person. When I was 18 I joined the crew for Colosseum my main responsibilities were... Read more
Jon was a very special person. When I was 18 I joined the crew for Colosseum my main responsibilities were to set up Jon's kit,I stayed with him until Colosseum disbanded and then I went on to work for Tempest. In all those years I found Jon to be kind and very generous. In later years I new I could always call him and he would always be there if you needed support or help.It was a very sad day when he left us, far to young and with so much more to give. I send all my Love to his family at this difficult time, he has left a huge Legacy which will help them through this terrible loss . Rest in Peace, missing you ... Clive
Nick Hamlyn from United Kingdom wrote on July 10, 2018 at 4:26 pm:
I will always love Jon's amazing music. Colosseum were the best band I ever saw play live.
I will always love Jon's amazing music. Colosseum were the best band I ever saw play live.
Martin Meads from UK wrote on July 10, 2018 at 3:39 pm:
From the first time I saw Jon perform I was taken in by his musicianship and from that moment followed... Read more
From the first time I saw Jon perform I was taken in by his musicianship and from that moment followed many of the projects which he performed right up to JCM and The Stables. I will never forget some of the conversations, tips and humour. Jon became the foundation for much of my own playing and often even today I think "I wonder what Jon would do here!" Cheers for many great memories and we miss you.
Anders Pettersson from Sweden wrote on July 10, 2018 at 3:17 pm:
Heard Jon first on the Live Colosseum record in ’71, next saw him with Tempest in Linköping, Sweden in ’73,... Read more
Heard Jon first on the Live Colosseum record in ’71, next saw him with Tempest in Linköping, Sweden in ’73, then I met one of my best friend and my best man at my wedding when we discussed the best drummel in ’75, we both thought Jon was the best, fourth saw Colosseum II in Stockholm, Sweden in ’76. Fifth saw Colosseum in Äänekoski, Finland in ’11, sixth was at Shepherds Bush and the last hurray in’15 and finally JCM at the Stables, Milton Keynes in ’18........he’s been around me for a Long time and will be! Thanks Jon for the music!
John Garcia from USA wrote on July 10, 2018 at 3:12 pm:
I took a Jazz 101 class in college and we were asked to write a paper about a jazz musician... Read more
I took a Jazz 101 class in college and we were asked to write a paper about a jazz musician as our final assignment. I somehow hit on Jon Hiseman for my subject and looked for every album of his I could find. I had some Colloseum, Jack Bruce, Colloseum II as my starting points and they all opened my ears to new and fascinating sounds and rhythms. I am so glad I wrote that paper and discovered Jon's work. I hope his family and friends find some solace in his legacy.
Laurence Todd from England wrote on July 10, 2018 at 3:08 pm:
I interviewed Jon earlier this year for an article in Rock Society magazine, and I found Jon to be a... Read more
I interviewed Jon earlier this year for an article in Rock Society magazine, and I found Jon to be a warm and very engaging raconteur, with some great stories to tell. I've always enjoyed his music and, despite his sad demise, his legacy will remain.
Greg Pursall wrote on July 10, 2018 at 3:02 pm:
Without Jon’s great musical vision, Colosseum, the best live band ever I have had the privilege to witness perform, would... Read more
Without Jon’s great musical vision, Colosseum, the best live band ever I have had the privilege to witness perform, would never have existed and the world would have certainly been much the poorer for it. Jon was truly a pioneer and hugely charismatic , gifted individual whose influence in the world of great memorable music cannot be underestimated. His peerless drumming skills , in my view , was the stuff of legends, and he had few equals. It was a privilege to meet him on the very last Colosseum gig at Shepherds Bush, and a memory I will cherish forever. Despite his passing, his legacy and vision will live on, as will the enduring memory of a true musical pioneer.
Mark Edward Blewer from England wrote on July 10, 2018 at 2:50 pm:
I was aware of Jon Hiseman, via Georgie Fame, Grahan Bond and John Mayall. It was only after I had... Read more
I was aware of Jon Hiseman, via Georgie Fame, Grahan Bond and John Mayall. It was only after I had seen Colosseum at The Marquee Club, in Wardour Street, that I became a committed fan. John Mayall, whose band Dick, Jon and Tony, had recently left got up on stage and did a few numbers with them. This tacit affirmation from The Father Of British Blues, augured well for the fledgling group. Over the years, I was fortunate to see the band many times and the pleasure I have derived from live performance and recorded works by these musicians, is incalculable. I would like to thank them all for the gifts they so generously bestowed and offer my sincere condolences to the families, fans and friends of Dick and Jon. Also, to the other Heroes, who have passed over, their spirits travel on.
Stuart Hirst from Yorkshire, England wrote on July 10, 2018 at 2:48 pm:
As a new university student, in 1969, I saw many great bands doing the student circuit, but Colosseum became my... Read more
As a new university student, in 1969, I saw many great bands doing the student circuit, but Colosseum became my heartbeat! Over 2 years, I saw the band in their first incarnation 18 times, followed their resurgence & this year, JCM. I would never have thought that my heroes would become friends in later life! Jon, & his music, has already been part of my life for 50 years. It will continue to be with me.
Andy Cutts from United Kingdom wrote on July 10, 2018 at 2:41 pm:
I first saw a young Jon when he took over the drum stool in the Graham Bond Organisation. I followed... Read more
I first saw a young Jon when he took over the drum stool in the Graham Bond Organisation. I followed his career and was hoping to see him with Clem and Mark. The mighty Colosseum will always remain one of my favourite bands. God bless,Jon.
Mark Edward Blewer from England wrote on July 10, 2018 at 2:35 pm:
I was aware of Jon Hiseman, via Georgie Fame, Graham Bond and John Mayall. However, it wasn't until I saw... Read more
I was aware of Jon Hiseman, via Georgie Fame, Graham Bond and John Mayall. However, it wasn't until I saw Colosseum, at The Marquee Club in Wardour Street, that I became a lifelong fan. John Mayall, whose band Dick, Jon and Tony, had recently left to form Colosseum, got up on stage and did a few numbers with them. This tacit affirmation from The Father Of The British Blues, was to stand them in good stead. I saw them many times after that and must say, that the amount of pleasure I have derived from live performance and recorded works by these musicians is incalculable. I would like to thank them all and to offer my sincere condolences to Jon and Dick's families and friends. Also to those of all the other Heroes, who have passed over.
Wolf Kotzur from Germany wrote on July 10, 2018 at 2:30 pm:
I saw Jon with Colosseum, Colosseum II, Paraphernalia and the United Jazz & Rock Ensemble. Sometimes we met after the... Read more
I saw Jon with Colosseum, Colosseum II, Paraphernalia and the United Jazz & Rock Ensemble. Sometimes we met after the shows or talk via e-mail! Jon was an incredible friendly and warm-hearted man. I missed him but I think he is always around Barbara and his family. Thank you Jon for all and R.I.P.
Ray Buckler from england wrote on July 10, 2018 at 2:29 pm:
First time I saw Jon was 1970 and feel so glad that together with my friend Lynette Shaw we caught... Read more
First time I saw Jon was 1970 and feel so glad that together with my friend Lynette Shaw we caught JCM on 10th April 2018 at the Robin, Wolverhampton where we stayed in the next room to him at the onsite hotel. Great gig to remember him by and we had a lovely chat after leaving us with fond memories from one of his last gigs. R.I.P. Jon Hiseman one of the worlds finest musicians and a gentleman.
Leon Economides from South Africa wrote on July 10, 2018 at 2:23 pm:
I was very fortunate to meet and interview Jon, who was and will always be one of my alltime heroes,... Read more
I was very fortunate to meet and interview Jon, who was and will always be one of my alltime heroes, for my radio show, when I saw the band at the London Astoria in October 1999. He was kind, accommodating and extremely interesting to talk to. Paul Williams was on vocals with the band that night - I think Chris Farlowe was doing a gig with Van Morrison. I saw Jon perform a drum solo that completely blew my mind! I still have pics of that magical night!
Steve Townsend from UK|United Kingdom|GBR wrote on July 10, 2018 at 2:19 pm:
From seeing Colosseum in their early days Jon was a continual inspiration to my drumming - he set a bar... Read more
From seeing Colosseum in their early days Jon was a continual inspiration to my drumming - he set a bar that I could never hope to reach but it taught me to keep trying to play better and better. His drumming was forceful and driving but also lyrical and endlessly creative. A man who played the drums very, very well....
Steve Westaway from Germany wrote on July 10, 2018 at 2:13 pm:
I irst saw Jon with the Graham Bond Organisation when he replaced Ginger Baker - I was a fan of... Read more
I irst saw Jon with the Graham Bond Organisation when he replaced Ginger Baker - I was a fan of Graham Bond before - amd then of Coloseum when they first played Valentine Suite at Bristol University Students Union - all those years ago - Later I was lucky enough to meet him along with all of Coloseum at the Musichall in Worpswede and the last time was in Oldenburg - He was generous with his time and gracious with his patience -he was due to play the Musichall with JCM on the recent tour but had to pull out for the reason we know - Thank you for your music and memoris I hav-
Mark Edward Blewer from England wrote on July 10, 2018 at 2:13 pm:
I was aware of Jon's playing via Georgie Fame, Graham Bond and John Mayall. I became a committed fan having... Read more
I was aware of Jon's playing via Georgie Fame, Graham Bond and John Mayall. I became a committed fan having seen Colosseum, for the first time at The Marquee, in Wardour Street. John Mayall, whose band Dick, Jon and Tony, had recently left to form Colosseum, got up on stage and did a few numbers with them. This blessing from The Father Of British Blues, augured well for the band's future. The amount of pleasure, I have gleaned from both live performances and recorded works by these musicians, is incalculable. I would like to say a huge thank you to them all and offer my sincere condolences to the families of Jon, Dick and all the other Heroes that have passed over.
Dan Ogus from United Kingdom wrote on July 10, 2018 at 2:11 pm:
RIP Jon...Barbara Thompson's Paraphernalia, 20th October 1996 (according to my ticket stub) on a rainy Sunday night in Burgess Hill,... Read more
RIP Jon...Barbara Thompson's Paraphernalia, 20th October 1996 (according to my ticket stub) on a rainy Sunday night in Burgess Hill, Sussex : the four-piece lineup (BT, JH, Peter Lemer, Phil Mulford)...still one of the finest concerts I've ever witnessed in any style of music...
Nigel Hobday from UK wrote on July 10, 2018 at 2:01 pm:
I never met Jon, but Colosseum music has been a big part of my life since my teenage years back... Read more
I never met Jon, but Colosseum music has been a big part of my life since my teenage years back in the 1970's. I can remember seeing Jon live on three occasions - once with Paraphanalia in Winchester, once with Colosseum II in Swansea (read my reference to it in the 'Playing The Band' book) and the final Colosseum gig in London. Throughout my life I have been amazed, enthused, admired, loved the music that Jon fronted. It is a very sad loss; Jon's memories are with each & every one of us in our hearts and thoughts.
Gary from Canada wrote on July 10, 2018 at 2:00 pm:
THANX Jon 4 Sharing UR MUSICAL GIFT & for Providing me with Special Enjoyment Listening to the Group of fine... Read more
THANX Jon 4 Sharing UR MUSICAL GIFT & for Providing me with Special Enjoyment Listening to the Group of fine Musicians your Shared Your Gift with R.I.P. from a Canadian Fan
Steve Marshall from UK wrote on July 10, 2018 at 1:56 pm:
I discovered Jon's music via Dick Heckstall-Smith who I'd seen at the very first Alexis Korner tribute concert. (I'd overhauled... Read more
I discovered Jon's music via Dick Heckstall-Smith who I'd seen at the very first Alexis Korner tribute concert. (I'd overhauled the piano used by Rolling Stone pianist Ian Stewart.) I was more into the rock side of things than jazz in those days but got my hands on what Colosseum records I could. I loved the blend of jazz and rock and also liked the more progressive Colosseum II which of course featured Gary Moore. Through Jon's music I've discovered some great artists - it's always been learning curve for me. The impact of Jon's playing didn't hit me until the Colosseum reformation and I bought all the albums again on CD. That reunion concert with DHS has some stunning playing from all the band. It was fantastic to hear them again and a big thank you to all for allowing us to revisit that great music. It got a new audience excited by exciting music. So much music today is a bit pike painting by numbers. The exciting element of improvised music is there in many of Jon's performances. Thanks you so much.
Chris Farr from England wrote on July 10, 2018 at 1:55 pm:
I first bought Those Who Are About to Die and the Valentyne Suite before seeing Jon and the boys at... Read more
I first bought Those Who Are About to Die and the Valentyne Suite before seeing Jon and the boys at Croydon.. I was even lucky enough to be introduced to the band. What a bunch of talented musicians. Dick and his sax encouraged me to try and learn to play tenor sax, in later life. I was lucky enough to see their last concert at Hammersmith in 2016 and JCM at the Stables earlier this year. Little did I know that Jon was seriously ill. My musical experience has been enhanced by Colosseum music. Jon will be missed by the music industry because of his many other talents. To Barbara, Ana and Marcus, please accept our love and condolences. The "Colosseum family will always be here to support you guys. RIP JON.
Hans-Werner Stromberg from Germany wrote on July 10, 2018 at 1:48 pm:
I have seen the late Colosseum twice un Germany. Great show, great Musicians. All of them. RIP Jon you are... Read more
I have seen the late Colosseum twice un Germany. Great show, great Musicians. All of them. RIP Jon you are now part of the heavenly Allstars
Tony White from UK wrote on July 10, 2018 at 1:47 pm:
I first heard Jon on Radio1 in Concert, the superb Tempest show with Ollie Halsall and Alan Holdsworth. To say... Read more
I first heard Jon on Radio1 in Concert, the superb Tempest show with Ollie Halsall and Alan Holdsworth. To say I was blown away is an understatement. I have followed Jon in all his bands especially Colosseum who quickly became one of my favourites. I really enjoyed listening to Jon talk in interviews as he was always so engaging. He will be greatly missed as a great musician and also by family, friends and fans around the world as the true gentleman he always was. Rest in Peace Jon. x
Peter Lemer from UK wrote on July 10, 2018 at 1:47 pm:
Jon fed and nourished my interest in: Revox, Cheese, Assam Tea Alan Stewart ( who built Temple Music Studio and... Read more
Jon fed and nourished my interest in: Revox, Cheese, Assam Tea Alan Stewart ( who built Temple Music Studio and my control room), Italian Food Sitting near the hi-hat Playing so quietly on some stages that I couldn't hear myself Apple Mac pros and cons Mic technique European history Roman history Logic Pro ( and all antecedents) Production Troubleshooting audio tech Spreadsheets Supporting other musicians, both on and offstage Digital publishing Tennis Supporting others with technical help Maintaining a loving marriage and family I hope I can edit and add to this as my brain catches up 🙂
Matjaz Kumelj from Slovenia wrote on July 10, 2018 at 1:40 pm:
My first time i heard Colosseum was in 1972, when i started highschool, 15 years country boy moving to big... Read more
My first time i heard Colosseum was in 1972, when i started highschool, 15 years country boy moving to big city. Mind it was Yugoslavia eastern socialist country where rock Lps were not so easily to get. I joined group of older friends studying in Ljubljana from my hometown who lived in an appartment in the center of town. They had small collection of records smuggled from Italy they treasured very much. First time I visted they showed and played me Tull’s Aqualung & Stand Up, Zappa’s Chungas Revenge and Valentyne Suite for great finale. I was hooked for life. All these 4 records still mean a lot to me but Valentyne has been special ever since
Michael Carroll from England wrote on July 10, 2018 at 1:40 pm:
I first saw Jon Hiseman on Christmas Eve 1969 playing with Colosseum at Mothers Club in Birmingham UK. It was... Read more
I first saw Jon Hiseman on Christmas Eve 1969 playing with Colosseum at Mothers Club in Birmingham UK. It was a privilege to be there and see such a wonderful musician at work. I was very young, and the impact of that show was the beginning of my lifelong interest in real music. I went on to see him perform many times afterwards, but it was not until the recent Colosseum Farewell Tour that I finally met Jon and spoke to him at The Robin in Bilston. I mentioned Mothers and was soon astonished at his detailed memory of the club - even of the people who organised and ran the place. When I had the good fortune to meet him again last April at the JCM show, he spoke to me as if he had known me all his life, telling me how he would carry his drum kit around just by hand in those early days. Such a friendly man - and so gracious. We have lost not only a fabulous musician, but also a remarkable and rare human being. RIP Jon - you were so very special, and cruelly taken from us when you had so much more to give. Long may your flame continue to burn. .
Mike Watson from United Kingdom wrote on July 10, 2018 at 1:38 pm:
As an aspiring drummer in the 1970s I remember the joy of discovering Jon’s brilliant drumming on the Tempest albums.... Read more
As an aspiring drummer in the 1970s I remember the joy of discovering Jon’s brilliant drumming on the Tempest albums. Listening to a band with the drummer to the fore was and still is exciting. An inspiration forever.
Achim Schulz from Deutschland wrote on July 10, 2018 at 1:29 pm:
My first ever vinyl record was the Valentyne Suite and I've been a fan of Colosseum since then- In 1994... Read more
My first ever vinyl record was the Valentyne Suite and I've been a fan of Colosseum since then- In 1994 I met them first on the reunion tour my brother Gerd Schulz-Pilath (R.I.P.) organised. I've seen at least 30 concerts during the following years and I became friends with all of them. Jon was the most pleasant and kind person and we will all miss him a lot.
Brent Keefe from UK wrote on July 10, 2018 at 1:16 pm:
I first ‘discovered’ Jon in 1978 when Colosseum II exploded on to my TV screen on BBC’s Sight & Sound... Read more
I first ‘discovered’ Jon in 1978 when Colosseum II exploded on to my TV screen on BBC’s Sight & Sound ‘In Concert’ and it made a significant impact on my pre-teenage brain. In the early 80s, I saw Barbara Thompson’s Paraphernalia on several occasions and that only confirmed what an inspiring musician Jon was. Many years later, I found myself conducting the 1st of several interviews with Jon and, over the course of those interviews, was fortunate to get to know Jon a little better. What I discovered was an equally inspiring man. He was warm, intelligent, inquisitive, enthusiastic, funny, observant, energetic, humble and a man of complete integrity. I feel utterly privileged to have been able to get to know him and spend several hours in conversation with him. I only wish I could have known him longer. RIP Jon. Thank you for all of the great music and conversations.
Roy Burton from England, UK wrote on July 10, 2018 at 1:15 pm:
I first became aware of Jon from the John Mayall era and followed him ever since, seen the band many... Read more
I first became aware of Jon from the John Mayall era and followed him ever since, seen the band many times over the years, he was one of the all time great Drummers, fascinating to watch and a real gentleman to talk to after a show and always obliging with an autograph, Jon will be a great loss to us all but we can all listen to his playing from his recordings.
Ed Spevock from UK wrote on July 10, 2018 at 1:13 pm:
I did a session for Dick Heckstall Smith on drums. Jon was producing. I nearly crapped myself when I found... Read more
I did a session for Dick Heckstall Smith on drums. Jon was producing. I nearly crapped myself when I found out. He got me through it. Kindness and encouragement personified. What Mensch. Happy trails Jon. I won’t forget you. May your memory be a blessing.
Paul Robinson from UK wrote on July 10, 2018 at 1:12 pm:
I knew Jon from the mid 70s when I played with Jeff Clyne’s Turning Point. It was always a pleasure... Read more
I knew Jon from the mid 70s when I played with Jeff Clyne’s Turning Point. It was always a pleasure talking to Jon, he had such great stories & memories of experiences from a different time in the music industry, & of course working with the then young musicians who would later become ‘household’ names. Always a pleasure. A great in the music industry that will be greatly missed. 🎶🎵.
Jeff Starrs from France wrote on July 10, 2018 at 1:12 pm:
My dear friend Chris Welch of Melody Maker introduced me, MM Office Boy, to Colosseum way back then. Fond memories,... Read more
My dear friend Chris Welch of Melody Maker introduced me, MM Office Boy, to Colosseum way back then. Fond memories, indeed.
Ingo Saager from Germany wrote on July 10, 2018 at 1:11 pm:
Thank you so much for the Musik. RIP Jon Hiseman.
Thank you so much for the Musik. RIP Jon Hiseman.
Dave Ward from United Kingdom wrote on July 10, 2018 at 1:04 pm:
A true inspiration whose influence is so widespread. My personal reflection: as a teenager and new drummer in the late... Read more
A true inspiration whose influence is so widespread. My personal reflection: as a teenager and new drummer in the late 1960s Jon gave me something to which I hoped to aspire in time. John Mayall’s Blues Breakers, the seminal Colosseum, Tempest, reformed Colosseum, Barbara Thompson’s Paraphernalia and so much more. A shining light hero in his own right, an ongoing inspiration and what a CV!
Justin from United Kingdom wrote on July 7, 2018 at 11:12 am:
Dear Jon, you were my teacher, my friend, my confidante, my biggest supporter. You taught me to listen. Thank you... Read more
Dear Jon, you were my teacher, my friend, my confidante, my biggest supporter. You taught me to listen. Thank you for everything.
Ana Gracey from United Kingdom wrote on June 15, 2018 at 1:38 pm:
My dear Dad passed away this week. There is no consolation, however the many stories that his friends and fans... Read more
My dear Dad passed away this week. There is no consolation, however the many stories that his friends and fans have told us have given us so much comfort. We have set up this 'Book of Remembrance' so folks can continue to pay tribute to him. He continues to live in all of us who have known him, however briefly. The beat goes on...