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First published in June 2014, last updated September 2014

Much loved and admired Christchurch saxophone player, teacher and composer Stuart Duncan Buchanan died at Christchurch Hospital on 4th June 2014, aged 83.  


A wonderful funny guy with indescribable amazing skills and energy. Stu helped change my attitude to music and that you never give up doing what you do and never stop being you.  Haere kite po, haere, haere - Walter Wiperi
Click here to read "The Press" tribute to Stu
A great player and a great guy.  I enjoyed the times we played together.  My condolences to Stu's family. - Bruce Johnstone
Stu was a superb person.  A real gentle man.  Ever polite, and very funny.  We played jazz in many venues over the years.  A privilege for me indeed.  Such a beaut person and muso.  For me, Stu was by far the best scat flute buzzer, period.  See you soon, mate. - Peter Hindmarsh
Always liked Stu, we played a few times together.  A very natural player and nice guy.  Have not seen him for some time. - Brian Smith
It is a sad loss.  However the memories of Stu will forever linger with those lucky people to have passed his way.  On my first visit to Christchurch Stu invited us around to his home, a delightful host.  I hired Stu on a number of occasions when we were in town and enjoyed his contribution to our show.  Once after our new drummer decided to go home early, I called Stu to find a good drummer who could finish our South Island tour with us.  We had some great times and gigs with Kere.  He blew us away.  Had the pleasure of working with Lynn as well.  Stu was more than a good musician.  A wonderful man who had the greatest respect from his fellow musos.  A true legend of New Zealand music.  R.I.P. - Tom Sharplin
Stu was a major part of my musical life both with his guidance, humour and undying commitment to those younger guys coming up through the ranks.  I especially remember gigging with him along with Pete Davey and Art Pickering - the funny and talented guys from back then.  Stu played in the Popco Band, with Doug Caldwell, Harry Voice and Graham Cooper, all old school guys who knew their craft better than most.  You leave a big gap in my life Stu - see you on the other side. - Nev and Joni Claughton

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