Russell Dear

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Joined Jul 5 2010
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76 years old
Invercargill, New Zealand
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I've been playing music since a teenager in Britain; first skiffle, then folk music, rock, dance band and jazz.  I stopped playing when I came to New Zealand in 1974 but took it up again around 1999 when Rusdikbil, a skiffle band, was formed with Bill Hainstock and Richard Parsons.  We soon moved onto jazz.

I reformed the local jazz club early this century meeting at Tillermans.  The House Band, Windjammers, with varied line-ups has been playing every since independently of the club and I fill the guitar/vocals spot.  I fill the same chair in a number of other spin-off groups including Menage a Trois, Rose 'n Thorns and the Hot Club of Southland.

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Reply Sam Gray
4:18 AM on October 13, 2014 
Thanks Russ!

I am going to be back from about December 10 onward until Christmas. If anyone has any time in the pre-Christmas rush, I'd love to have a jam.

I'm playing a few solo gigs before coming back home in December (including my first concert in Italy - in Rome!) This will be my first tour in 2 1/2 years, and my first free jazz tour in over a decade. I am a bit nervous, but really looking forward to it.
Reply Dennis Ritchie
4:15 PM on January 31, 2013 
Great site, Russ and I look forward to being in contact with musicians from the south again.Many thanks.
Reply Ken Wellington
3:38 AM on January 24, 2013 
Tried the quiz, think I've got 17/20. Where are the answers? Ken
Reply Jason Thornton
7:43 AM on August 26, 2012 
Thanks Russell
Reply Andy Atwill
6:54 PM on August 24, 2012 
Many thanks Russell for the warm welcome.
Best regards