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Jon Hiseman
Background information
Birth name Philip John Hiseman
Born 21 June 1944 (1944-06-21) (age 65)
London, England
Genres Blues-rock, rock, jazz, progressive rock
Occupations Musician, Songwriter, Record producer, recording engineer, music publisher
Instruments Drums, percussion
Labels Decca,
Associated acts Colosseum, Tempest, John Mayall, Graham Bond Organisation

Jon Hiseman (born Philip John Hiseman, 21 June 1944, Woolwich, London) is an English drummer, recording engineer, record producer and music publisher.



In the mid-1960s Hiseman played in sessions such as the early Arthur Brown single, "Devil's Grip". In 1966 he replaced Ginger Baker in the Graham Bond Organisation and guested with John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers the following year to record the album Bare Wires with that band. In 1968 he formed what has been critically claimed as the "seminal" jazz rock/progressive rock band, Colosseum.[1][2] Colosseum disbanded in 1971, although Hiseman later formed Colosseum II with Don Airey and Gary Moore in 1975.

Between these two versions of Colosseum, Hiseman formed the band Tempest with Allan Holdsworth, Paul Williams and Colosseum bandmate Mark Clarke. Ollie Halsall joined the band temporarily making the band a quintet but Holdsworth left the group along with Williams, leaving Halsall to handle all guitar and vocal duties.

Hiseman has subsequently played in jazz groups, notably with his wife, saxophonist Barbara Thompson, with whom he has recorded and produced fifteen currently available albums. Andrew Lloyd Webber, searching for a "sound" for an album to feature his brother Julian on cello, stumbled upon Colosseum II by accident and imported the whole band into his "Variations" project. This was the start of a ten year relationship with Hiseman, whose drumming features on recordings, TV specials and musicals.

In 1982 Hiseman built what was at the time a state-of-the-art recording studio next to his home, and together with the compositional skills of Barbara Thompson produced many recordings for film and television soundtracks. Hiseman is a founding member of the United Jazz and Rock Ensemble, a German-based "Band of Band Leaders".

In 1994, Hiseman reformed Colosseum after 23 years in the same lineup when it had last split. From that time, the band has been touring and it has released one live DVD and a several CDs.

Selected discography


With Jack Bruce

With Colosseum

With Tempest

  • Tempest – (1973)
  • Living in Fear – (1974)
  • Under The Blossom: The Anthology – (2005) [includes both albums + BBC session recordings]

With Colosseum II

With United Jazz + Rock Ensemble

  • Live Im Schutzenhaus (1977)
  • Teamwork (1978)
  • The Break Even Point (1979)
  • Live in Berlin (1981)
  • United Live Opus Sechs (1984)
  • Highlights (1984)
  • Round Seven (1987)
  • Na Endlich! (1992)
  • Highlights II (1994)
  • Die Neunte Von United (1996)
  • The UJRE plays Albert Mangelsdorff (1998)
  • X (1999)
  • The UJRE plays Wolfgang Dauner (2002)
  • The UJRE plays Volker Kriegel (2002)


  • A Night In The Sun – (1982)
  • About Time Too! – (1991)


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