Al Paget Sextet Profile

Grant Gillanders
13 May 2013

Like so many bands that have come and gone over the years, The Al Paget Sextet had a brief but substantial burst of local popularity  – in their case, in the early 1960s. But somewhat unfairly, the group is almost forgotten now.

The Sextet were predominantly an instrumental group formed by guitarist Alex Patchett, who played as Al Paget, and his brother Irving Patchett (guitar and vocals) in 1960. The repertoire was a mix of rock and roll, standards, jazz and Latin.

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The Newsounds with Billy Belton, Al Patchett, Laurie Simpson and Ian Laird
Photo credit: Phil Warren Collection
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Al Paget Sextet, 1961: Back: Al Patchett, Joe Brandon, Irving Patchett, Trevor Salisbury. Front: Merv Herdson, Val Herdson, Jeff Bolton
Photo credit: Geoff Bolton Collection
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Al Paget Sextet at Bayswater, 1963: Jeff Bolton, Ronnie Sundin, Rod Gibson, Val Fisher, unknown, Al Patchett, Trevor Salisbury
Photo credit: Geoff Bolton Collection
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Al Paget tipped for the top in 1964.
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Auckland Bandleaders at the Oriental Ballroom, Symonds Street, early 1960s. From left: Bernie Allen, Al Patchett, Bill Sevesi and Merv Thomas
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Four Auckland bandleaders ready for their residencies at the Oriental Ballroom, Symonds Street, early 1960s. From left: Bernie Allen, Bill Sevesi, Merv Thomas and Al Patchett
Photo credit: Phil Warren Collection
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Al Paget Sextet, Waihi, 1963-64: Jeff Bolton, Irving Patchett, Jan Dalton, Al Patchett
Photo credit: Geoff Bolton Collection
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Al Paget Sextet at Mt Maunganui, Christmas 1963: Jeff Bolton, Irving Patchett, Al Patchett
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The Newsounds on an inner-city Auckland rooftop, with Ian Laird, Rod Gibson, Billy Belton, Brian Biddick and Al Patchett. Ray Woolf is sitting to the left but for some reason was cut off the print.
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Al Patchett, Jan Dalton, Irving Patchett, Jeff Bolton
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Members:

Alex Patchett - guitar

Geoff Bolton - bass

Irving Patchett - rhythm guitar, vocals

Merv Herdson - drums

Trevor Salisbury - piano

Joe Brandon - Saxophone