On Saturday 2nd February over 700 family members, friends and stars of the legendary jazz-rock pioneers Colosseum came together at the O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire for a wonderful memorial concert celebrating the life and work of Jon Hiseman, a friend and supporter of The Cure Parkinson’s Trust (CPT) for many years.

Jon was the drummer, lyricist, songwriter and producer for the band Colosseum, which he founded in 1969. Throughout his career, Jon worked extensively with his wife, saxophonist Barbara Thompson, drumming with her jazz-fusion group Paraphernalia, and together they composed for film and TV.

Jon and Barbara’s daughter Ana Gracey (pictured below) opened the tribute concert with her band performing tracks from her new album, Wicked Games, launched on the night and dedicated to her father. The new album features Jon on drums as well as her mother Barbara on saxophone.

Colosseum musicians and performers Chris Farlowe, Clem Clempson, Mark Clarke, James Litherland, Tony Reeves and Pete Brown performed theirs and JCM classics spanning more than 40 years to the packed house. The National Youth Jazz Orchestra (pictured below) also performed with Barbara’s band Paraphernalia. Ana said:

“My dad saw the best in everybody and championed the talents of others all his life; he was my greatest fan and I know he’d get a big kick out of me opening his tribute show, and to see Paraphernalia once again performing my mum’s music, which was always a source of great joy and pride for him. It’s comforting to know that for one last time he will bring together all those who admired, respected and were inspired by him during a lifetime of dedication to music. Dad, the beat goes on...”

Proceeds from the concert will be directed towards CPT's pioneering research into a cure for Parkinson’s. A huge and heartfelt thanks to Jon’s family, friends and to everyone who took part or attended this wonderful evening in memory of Jon.

(Photo credit: Michael Robert Williams)