Graham Collier, born in Tynemouth, England, in 1937, died in Crete on 9th September 2011. He was a highly regarded jazz composer, whose music has been compared to that of Duke Ellington, Charles Mingus and Gil Evans. He was the first British graduate of the Berklee School of Music, and the first recipient of an Arts Council jazz bursary. He was also the author of several books on jazz, and for 12 years was artistic director of the jazz course at the Royal Academy of Music. He spent his final years in Greece, where he continued to compose, travelling from there to present concerts and workshops around the world. For tributes to Graham Collier by Django Bates and Ann Cotterrell (Northway Books), click [url=http://londonjazz.blogspot.com/2011/09/graham-collier.html]here[/url].