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Kevin Weiser from Austin, TX, USA wrote on February 8, 2019 at 5:28 am:
I just heard the sad news of Jon's passing after returning from exile in Cambodia. I first became aware of... Read more
I just heard the sad news of Jon's passing after returning from exile in Cambodia. I first became aware of Jon when I moved to Belgium in 1973. Being a drummer myself I was awed by his brilliance and have been a fan ever since. He touched the lives of many and will be dearly missed. Rock On wherever you are mate....God bless.
Paul Graham from UK wrote on February 1, 2019 at 1:08 pm:
So sad when heroes pass away. Seems no time at all since I was chatting to Jon after his gig... Read more
So sad when heroes pass away. Seems no time at all since I was chatting to Jon after his gig with Peter Lemer (last June?) at Pizza Express Jazz Club. I thanked him for introducing me to Jazz/Rock in 1969 when I first heard ‘Those Who Are About To Die Salute You’ album (think it was being played on the John Peel Radio Show). Told him I never get tired of listening to Colosseum. He was very patient and polite as I went whittering on about my other favourite bands, Ian Carr’s Nucleus, Soft Machine etc. Turns out he was a very close friend of Ian Carr and had strong musical connections with many of my musical heroes. We shook hands and parted. I made a mental note to attend his forthcoming Heroes Tour (a tribute to his departed musical heroes such as Grahan Bond) when it plays in the UK.
Edward Butler from England wrote on January 22, 2019 at 2:16 pm:
Been revisting Daughter of Time Vinyl in the last two days had forgotten how very brilliant it was - Will... Read more
Been revisting Daughter of Time Vinyl in the last two days had forgotten how very brilliant it was - Will be never be fogotten! Remember seeing you all at Weston Favel Northampton now many years ago but still got album you all signed Love it - All my best wishes xx
Gary Siu from USA wrote on January 18, 2019 at 2:13 pm:
Jon Hiseman was my favorite overall drummer of all time. A juggler magician musician extraordinaire. Jon just had it all... Read more
Jon Hiseman was my favorite overall drummer of all time. A juggler magician musician extraordinaire. Jon just had it all going on at once with relentless free-flow fury that just put him over the rest. I'm in awe just thinking about it. Thank you Mr. Hiseman for that wonderful display of your artistry.
Paul Blanshard from United Kingdom wrote on January 15, 2019 at 4:21 pm:
I have fond memories of watching Jon at very close quarters with Paraphernalia every time they played Kendal Brewery Arts... Read more
I have fond memories of watching Jon at very close quarters with Paraphernalia every time they played Kendal Brewery Arts Center. As a drummer myself, I was blown away every time by his sheer creative virtuosity. So musical! And Barbara Thompson's compositions were the perfect vehicle... Sorely missed
leslie brudne from United States wrote on January 14, 2019 at 2:13 pm:
I was about 18 years old when I first saw Colosseum. It was on a Friday night BBC Arts program.... Read more
I was about 18 years old when I first saw Colosseum. It was on a Friday night BBC Arts program. I believed that they played "Walking in the Park." I was completely blown away by what I saw and heard. It encouraged me to go out and listed to different styles of music which I continue to do today. Thank you Jon Hiseman for the education. RIP.
Bernard Hubert from France wrote on January 5, 2019 at 12:40 pm:
Je me souviens d'une soirée dans un Pub "Le Monroe's à Port Grimaud (St. Tropez) Nous jouions avec notre groupe... Read more
Je me souviens d'une soirée dans un Pub "Le Monroe's à Port Grimaud (St. Tropez) Nous jouions avec notre groupe "Oncle Sam" et Jon et arrivé accompagné de Barbara, armé de mon courage après les avoir reconnus, j'ai demandé si il voulaient bien venir faire un morceau avec nous.. et ça a été le moment musical le plus impressionnant de ma carrière. Ce moment restera gravé dans mon esprit jusqu'à la fin de ma vie. Merci Barbara, merci Jon si tu peux m'entendre d'où tu es. B.H. bass guitar
Martin Gillbanks from United Kingdom wrote on January 4, 2019 at 11:13 pm:
Dear Barbara Jon will be sadly missed by all of us who had the pleasure of listening and watching him... Read more
Dear Barbara Jon will be sadly missed by all of us who had the pleasure of listening and watching him play. He was my drumming hero from my teens and such a gent. Thank you Jon for the music. Love and best wishes to the Hisemans. Martin Gillbanks.
Wolfgang Freye from Germany wrote on January 3, 2019 at 9:58 pm:
I will always remember you, Jon, as one of the greatest drummers ever and a very friendly person. I met... Read more
I will always remember you, Jon, as one of the greatest drummers ever and a very friendly person. I met you on some concerts with Colosseum, the last one was during the farewell-tour in Bochum. Thank you and all the best for Barbara and your family!
Colin Richardson from England wrote on January 3, 2019 at 12:27 pm:
I first met Jon in 1962 at the "Jazzhouse", Blackheath, a club that I co-ran at the time. I played... Read more
I first met Jon in 1962 at the "Jazzhouse", Blackheath, a club that I co-ran at the time. I played double bass at the time and Jon, then a semi-pro musician, often took the drum chair on gigs. Our friendship continued over the ensuing years, even after he turned pro with Graham Bond; with our paths weaving in and out during my early years in the music business as an Agency booker (often for bands Jon played with). This eventually led, in Spring of 1968, to Jon asking me to be Colosseum's manager... and thus began three of the best years in my life! When Colosseum broke up in October 1971...our paths veered away from each other, with me changing course by joining Charisma Records and Jon launching a new band, 'Tempest'; but we stayed in touch socially, even after I left the music business in 1980 and moved away from London. Quite a bit later, some time around 2007, author Martyn Hanson arrived Chez Hiseman to ask for Jon's authorisation to write his biography. Jon's response was typical: "Who would want to read a book about me?". Martyn, however, was undeterred and, after conducting many interviews and ploughing through umpteen boxes of archive material from Jon's attic, he produced the first draft, which Jon wanted to trim down a bit, and asked me if I would help to edit. Over the next two and a half years, Jon and I read, re-read and re-re-read, honing the content until we produced the 450 pp book of his life in music. Hard work, but so rewarding. The final version was a book that, though not without flaws, we were very proud to have completed Since that time I have become a sort of unofficial P.A. for Jon, Colosseum and more recently, the sadly short-lived three-piece 'tribute' band JCM. Jon's illness came out of the blue - totally unexpected and all the more shocking because he was still going like a bat out of hell, covering all the bases for his co-musicians, caring for his beloved wife Barbara, running the studio, VAT returns, royalties for the "boys" etc etc. Jon was, without exaggeration, one of those 'special' people - a natural born leader. Multi-talented and driven, but always in such a modest and unassuming way. I certainly never thought I would see him stopping, or even slowing down. He drove himself with such determination and energy that the idea seemed unthinkable. Then this awful disease came and made him do what what he himself could never have done...stop. I miss him terribly. We have been in each other's lives for so long, I can't imagine him not being there, though in a way he will always be there... in all those precious memories of the great times we had together.

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