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Ian Cruickshank

Chris MartinChris Martin Shellharbour NSW Australia✭✭ Petrarca x2, Di Mauro x3, Sonora, Bucolo, Patenotte, Hoyer, Di Giorgio
I heard today that Ian Cruickshank has passed on; he was only 70. Every Brit, and many others, who love the Django style owe him a huge thanks for everything he has done over the years, his books were my first introduction to the style. Here is a link to a Samois jam;



I guess I'll be watching Django Legacy again tonight. RIP Ian.
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  • MatteoMatteo Sweden✭✭✭✭ Lottonen "Selmer-Maccaferri"
    edited April 30
    Oh yes, that is sad. 70 is too young. His book "Django and the gypsies" was the first introduction I had to this style. It literally contained everything I knew about jazz manouche back then.
    Ça ne veut rien dire si ça ne swingue pas
  • Oh no, such sad news.
    His was the first instructional book I ever got.
    He must have led a quiet life because I haven't heard much about him other than the book he's written.
    Every note wants to go somewhere-Kurt Rosenwinkel
  • Also widely credited with coining the name Gypsy Jazz. RIP
    Buco
  • Bill Da Costa WilliamsBill Da Costa Williams Barreiro, Portugal✭✭✭ Mateos
    Very sorry to hear Ian has passed away - a pioneer figure on the UK gypsy jazz scene.
    First learnt standard gypsy diminished arp runs from an article of his decades ago.
  • RIP He will be remebered
    The Magic really starts to happen when you can play it with your eyes closed
  • JojoJojo
    One of the very few times the comments under a YouTube clip are good:

    paperbacknovel

    Hi -- your dad is a Great guitar player! In RecordCollectorMagazine, he mentioned a book he wrote "I wrote a book about my extremely bizarre experiences, which included encounters with Hendrix and George Harrison." -- I can't find the name of this book or any place to buy it. Could you tell us the name

    Bonnie Church

    Thanks - I will tell him that. He wrote this book some years ago but has not published it, due to illness. There's only one copy of it in manuscript form & I have it. He called it 'Brown Skinned Boy' in reference to his tanned arrival in the UK from Hong Kong, where he went to school. But I'd like to do something with it, as he's had quite an interesting life. He has a great collection of Django legacy type photos too, so one day, I will collate it all & find a way to share with the people that are interested.
    adrian
  • hi, i am writing an I.M. for the dutch Quintette magazine and I am looking for Ian's date of birth and the specific date of his passing. Don't want to be wrong about either of them, but don't want to leave them out either. Could anyone help me?
  • mandocatmandocat Santa Rosa, CA✭✭✭ Rodrigo Shopis, Baby Taylor
    So besides writing some of the first instruction books, wasn't Ian a gardener or something for George Harrison and gave him CD's of Robin Nolan, resulting in Robin being hired for George's birthday party?
  • Very sad....I remember buying Ian's Django and the Gypsies book decades ago. It was a wonderful introduction into the living tradition of Gypsy jazz. He was a pioneer at a time when this style was mostly unknown outside of the Gypsy camps.
  • Chris MartinChris Martin Shellharbour NSW Australia✭✭ Petrarca x2, Di Mauro x3, Sonora, Bucolo, Patenotte, Hoyer, Di Giorgio
    Buco wrote: »
    Oh no, such sad news.
    His was the first instructional book I ever got.
    He must have led a quiet life because I haven't heard much about him other than the book he's written.
    Not such a quiet life; as I said, he was very well known to us Brits, maybe not so much in the USA. He started playing professionally in the late '60s blues boom with the Keef Hartley Band under the pseudonym 'Spit James' but later did more than anyone to promote the Django style through his books, teaching and gigs with his own trio and many others. A regular at Samois, he was involved with (as well as playing in) the film Django Legacy.
    Buco
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