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Ian Date

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Birth name  Ian Date
Name  Ian Date
Years active  1976 – present
Occupation(s)  Musician
Origin  Byron Bay, Australia

Ian Date
Genres  Jazz guitar, Gypsy jazz, Swing, Bebop
Instruments  Acoustic & electric guitar, Banjo, Trumpet

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Ian Date (born 1960 approx.) is an Australian acoustic and electric guitarist most associated with the Gypsy jazz and bebop genres. He achieved success in the 1980s in the band "Sweet Atmosphere" co-led with Australian violinist George Washingmachine, playing repertoire of the 1930s and 1940s. He is also an accomplished electric jazz guitarist, as well as featuring plectrum banjo, trumpet, and vocals in concert and on recordings. Melbourne's "Jazz Ramble" states: "(Ian) has played all over the world, has made numerous television, radio, festival and concert performances, and is regarded as one of Australia’s great guitar players.". Speaking of Ian Date and George Washingmachine's 2001 album release "The String Band", Jim McLeod, of ABC Classic FM's long running "Jazztrack" programme, said: "They ...are individually the most entertaining musicians in Australian jazz... This album is the latest and clearest evidence of their enormous talent."


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Ian Date grew up in Byron Bay, a coastal town in northern New South Wales, Australia, later moving to Macksville, a small town halfway between Sydney and Brisbane. His mother was a classically trained pianist and his first instrument was the ukulele and later the guitar. He played with high school bands at age 14 and at age 16, left school to play music professionally and never went back. He became a part of the Sydney jazz scene from the 1970s to the early 2000s where he played in numerous jazz ensembles including the Conway Brothers' "Hiccups" Orchestra with Jim and Mic Conway, also including his future collaborator the violinist George Washingmachine; in a long lasting band with George Washingmachine called "Sweet Atmosphere"; plus collaborations with Tom Baker (trumpet), and Ian Cooper (violin) among others. He has appeared on many recordings with other artists including George Golla, Tommy Emmanuel and the harmonica player Brendan Power, and (with his brother Nigel Date) performs as "The Date Brothers" when he is in Australia.

Since 2002 he has been resident in County Cork, Ireland where he lives with his wife Ilse, a solo cellist, and their two children, and tours within Ireland, Europe and further afield including at least one return visit to Australia each year. Ian's acoustic guitar (and occasional banjo) repertoire is based firmly on music of the jazz era from the 1920s onwards, with a particular affinity for the virtuoso gypsy jazz style, with excursions to 1950s material and later, and also to elements of classical guitar and world music genres; when playing electric jazz guitar he favours a bebop style owing its origins to the playing of Charlie Christian, Barney Kessel and their successors. In concert, Ian also features his own vocals and trumpet playing, the latter developed mostly over the last 10 years or so.


Ian's main acoustic jazz guitar is an original oval-hole Selmer (Maccaferri style) instrument, no. 507, just 4 serial numbers away from Django Reinhardt's main guitar (no. 503) which is now in a museum in Paris. He also owns an earlier D-hole Selmer, no. 142, and in Australia has performed and recorded using one of the last Selmer guitars made, no. 861. When not playing his Selmer guitars he also uses an oval-hole Selmer replica constructed by luthier Piers Crocker in Sydney, New South Wales. For electric work he favours hollowbodies after the style of those manufactured by Gibson.

As leader/co-leader

  • 1989 - George Washingmachine and Ian Date: Sweet Atmosphere – with George Washingmachine (violin/vocals), Don Heap (double bass), Lynn Wallis (drums) Tony Burkeys/Peter Baylor (rhythm guitar) & others - Jarra Hill Records JHR 2008; CD re-release (remastered) 2002
  • 1994 - George Washingmachine and Ian Date's Sweet Atmosphere: Acid Trad - Larrikin CD LRJ 336
  • 1996 - George Washingmachine and Ian Date: The Dee Why Sessions - IDM 00038
  • 1999 - Golla Date & Zog (George Golla, Ian Date and Ian Zog): Three's a Crowd - Larrikin CD LRF 503
  • 2001 - George Washingmachine and Ian Date: The String Band - with George Washingmachine (violin); John and David Blenkhorn (guitars); Stan Valacos (bass) - Newmarket Music WAS 146
  • 2004 - Ian Date & Robin Nolan: Go Ahead
  • 2006 - Ian Date: The Selmer Sessions - IDM0047
  • 2006 - Brendan Power and Ian Date: Swing Fellas
  • 20?? - Ian Date & Andy Firth: Swingin' Upstairs - with Andy Firth (Clarinet and Tenor Saxophone); Nat Morrison (Bass); John Morrison (Drums); Ian Cooper (violin, some tracks only)
  • 2010 - Ian Date: The Blakehurst Session - with Nigel date (guitar), Daniel Weltlinger (violin) and Stan Valacos (double bass)
  • 2012 - Ian Date & Andy Firth: A Date with Firth - Accessible Music Productions - with Nigel Date (guitar) and Howard Cairns (double bass)
  • 2012 - The Date Brothers: Datefingers
  • 2013 - The Date Brothers: Bach to Bud - DBM005 - with Howard Cairns (double bass)
  • 2015 - Ian Cooper, Ian Date, Tommy Emmanuel: Just Passing Through
  • Other appearances (incomplete listing)

  • 1987 - on The Conway Bros. 'Hiccups' Orchestra: Fossil Rock And Other Prehistoric Hits - Rascal Records RASCAL 1 - with Mic Conway, Jim Conway, George Washingmachine + others
  • 19?? - on Tom Baker's Swing Street Orchestra: Krazy Kapers - Riff Raff 008
  • 19?? - on Tom Baker's Swing Street Orchestra: Swing That Music - Riff Raff 023
  • 19?? - on Tom Baker's Swing Street Orchestra: It Might As Well Be Swing
  • 1997 - on Dan Barrett and Tom Baker: In Australia - Arbors 19143
  • 1989 - on The Roger Janes Band: Crazy - Big Beat Music BBM 003 - with Roger Janes, Tom Baker, Marty Mooney, John McCarthy + others
  • 1990 - on Tom Baker: Absolutely Positively - rooArt 846311-2 - with Paul Williams, Tony Baldwin + others
  • 1994 - on Ian Cooper: Strings of Swing – with Don Burrows and Tom Baker
  • 1994 - on Ian Cooper: Royal Flush – with Bernard Berkhout
  • 1995 - on Ian Cooper: Ian's World – with Tom Baker, Bernard Berkhout & John Morrison
  • 1995 - on various artists: 25th Breda Jazz Festival Official CD with Ian Cooper and Fapy Lafertin
  • 1997 - on Ian Cooper: Hard Axe to Follow – with Tommy Emmanuel, Tommy Tycho and George Golla
  • 19?? – on Ian Cooper: Big Band – with James Morrison, Andrew Firth + others
  • 1997 - on Martin Taylor + guest collaborators: Two's Company - Larrikin LRF 484 / Linn AKD 081 - with Martin Taylor, guitar, mandolin; Peter Zog, guitar; James Morrison, trumpet; Suzanne Wyllie, vocal; George Golla, guitar; Johnny Nicol, guitar vocal; Ian Date, banjo; Jim Pennell, spanish guitar; Bob Barnard, cornet.
  • 2001 - on Various Artists: Bob Barnard Presents Oz Originals - LaBrava 938524
  • 2015 - on Daniel Weltlinger: Koblenz - Rectify/Toca - with Lulo Reinhardt, Edouard Bronson + others
  • References

    Ian Date Wikipedia

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