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Maurice Gawronsky - drummer. Jazz at Winchester Mansions

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The Early Years

I worked all over South Africa in those days and even played with a lady living next door to me who was a honkytonk pianist named Leah Korb.

Whenever famous names i.e. The Gunther Kalman Choir, John Gary, Dee Daniel with Jack Van Poll Opie Bellas Jim Galloway etc. came to tour South Africa I was asked to accompany them.

I played at the Grahamstown festival from 1988 to 1996 working with Winston Mankunku, Ezra Ngukan,a Dave Lithins, Hotep Galett, a Basil Moses, Don Tshomela, Errol Dias, Gerry Spencer etc. The 10th International jazz festival I was asked to feature my band and I put together Andrew Ford ,Wes Rustin and Feya Faku and it was a resounding success.

In 1957 I left South Africa to spend a few months overseas and ended up spending 8 years in England and Europe where I felt very much at home. I worked with the most notable musicians in London, notably Alan Clare, Kenny Napper, Pat Smythe, Brian Lemmon, Brian Dee, Mike and Ian Carr, Harold Mcnair, Don Rendal, Tommy Whittle and ended up playing with the Great Dudley Moore at the Establishment.... and ended up playing with the Great Dudley Moore at the Establishment

I then went over to Spain where I met Stan Getz’s manager who told me he was interviewing rhythm sections for a tour around Scandinavia in Copenhagen. I left Spain the following day and was introduced to Stan where I also met Danny Jordan from Detroit and Jan Johansson of Sweden. I spent 3 ½ months with the band. I also had The honour of working with Oscar Pettiford and Don Byas. I used to sit every Saturday with Dexter Gordon drinking coffee and just discussing how beautiful the women were in Scandinavia.

Winchester Mansions

For the past 12 years Maurice has been involved mainly in organising quartets for the exciting Winchester Brunches. These take place on Sundays between the hours of 11am - 2pm in their famous courtyard. It has the most amazing reputation for good food and soft but finger snapping music ... the ambiance is perfect.

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Jazz Brunch at Winchester Mansions CD

Volume 2 of Maurice's CD "Jazz Brunch at Winchester Mansions" is released.
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In Short...

Maurice Gawronsky's involvement in the international jazz scene began in the early '60's when he was continuously touring Britain and Europe. During that time he was drummer for, among others, Ronnie Scott, Graham Bond, Peter Ind, and Dudley Moore. He then performed at Ronnie Scott's Downbeat and the Establishment in London, as well as Danish and German clubs. He also appeared in the UK film "Sparrows Can't Sing" during this time. Following his British and continental sucesses, he went on to Scandinavia where he played with Stan Getz, the highlight of his musical career. Since his return to South Africa he has performed with the top local talents, and continues as an established force on the Cape jazz scene.
I used to sit every Saturday with Dexter Gordon drinking coffee and just discussing how beautiful the women were in Scandinavia.
Maurice