Australian jazz vocalist Joe “Bebop” Lane-widely credited with bringing bebop to his native country-died last Friday, April 13, in Sydney. He was 80.
Reaching cult status for his impassioned live performances, Lane received his introduction to bebop in 1947 at the radio 2KY auditorium in Sydney. Shortly thereafter, he left the army and rejoined a jazz group featuring Wally Ledwidge and Jack Craber. The two musicians introduced Lane to Roy Maling, famed conductor and teacher of advanced harmony.