April 5, 1039 – July 13, 2002
Jerry (Lynn) Fuller. Drummer, born Calgary 5 Apr 1939, died Toronto 13 Jul 2002. After playing 1962-3 in Montreal with Maury Kaye, Fuller settled in Toronto, where he worked in lounge groups, hotel orchestras, jazz bands, and studio orchestras. He was a member 1969-72 and intermittently after 1985 of the Boss Brass, and played in the jazz groups of Art Ayre, Ed Bickert, Ron Collier, Jim Galloway, Sonny Greenwich, Doug Hamilton (Brass Connection), Moe Koffman, Lorne Lofsky, Kirk MacDonald, and others. As a sideman in local clubs (Bourbon Street, East 85th, George’s Spaghetti House, etc) he accompanied more than 50 noted US jazz musicians, among them Pepper Adams, Ruby Braff, Al Cohn, Paul Desmond, Lee Konitz, Red Rodney, and Zoot Sims. In 1991 he introduced his own quartet with MacDonald (tenor saxophone), Phil Dwyer (tenor and saxophones, piano), and Neil Swainson (bass). Fuller continued to back up various musicians until 2002, mainly in Toronto but also occasionally in Montreal, and in Victoria in 2000. He took part in a CBC radio tribute to Duke Ellington in 1999.