Barbara Gracey Thompson MBE was an English jazz saxophonist.
She was born on July 27, 1944, in Oxford, United Kingdom.
From the age of 13 to 17, Barbara played in the London Schools Symphony Orchestra.
She studied saxophone and classical composition at the Royal College of Music, but the music of Duke Ellington and John Coltrane made her shift her interests to jazz and saxophone.
Thompson has written several classical compositions, music for film and television, a musical of her own and songs for the United Jazz and Rock Ensemble, Barbara Thompson’s Paraphernalia and her big band Moving Parts.
Barbara Thompson died on Saturday, July 9, 2022, at age 77 after battling Parkinson’s disease and complications with her heart.
Barbara Thompson Husband: Who is Drummer Jon Hiseman?
Philip John Albert Hiseman was an English drummer, recording engineer, record producer, and music publisher.
Hiseman was born on June 21, 1944, in Woolwich, London, United Kingdom to Lily Spratt and Philip Hiseman.
His mother worked as a music librarian at the Bank of England and his father was a senior lecturer at the Camberwell School of Arts and Crafts, teaching printing.
Hiseman studied at the Addey and Stanhope School. He initially studied violin and piano but eventually focused on the drums.
He played with the Graham Bond Organisation, with John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers and later formed what has been described as the “seminal” jazz-rock/progressive rock band, Colosseum. Jon Hiseman subsequently formed Colosseum II in 1975.
In 2017, Jon Hiseman formed JCM, a trio with the Colosseum members Clem Clempson, on guitar, and Mark Clarke, on bass. The group made an album, “Heroes,” that contained music written by former collaborators Hiseman had outlived, among them Jack Bruce, Allan Holdsworth, Dick Heckstall-Smith, Graham Bond and Ollie Halsall.
In 2018, Hiseman’s family reported that he was struggling with a brain tumour.
JCM began a tour in April 2018 but cancelled it as Hiseman’s brain tumour advanced.
Mark and Clem have since reformed Colosseum and Repertoire Records launched their new album “Renaissance” in 2022. Colosseum still plays live throughout Europe.
Legendary drummer Jon Hiseman died on Tuesday, June 12, 2018, in Sutton, England at age 73, following complications of surgery to remove a brain tumour.
He was survived by his daughter, singer Ana Gracey, son, financier Marcus Hiseman, and four grandchildren. His wife saxophonist and composer Barbara Thompson died on July 9, 2022.