[JPL] Great Canadian jazz broadcaster dies
drjazz at drjazz.com
Thu Jul 9 12:19:28 EDT 2009
MONTREAL - Noted jazz broadcaster Len Dobbin died early Thursday morning
at the Royal Victoria Hospital after suffering a stroke. He was 74.
Dobbin became ill last night sitting at his favourite seat at the bar of
Upstairs Jazz Bar & Grill, waiting for the evening show to begin, and an
ambulance was called.
He was surrounded at the intensive care unit by his three daughters,
broadcaster/actor Dorothée Berryman, and singer Monique Fauteux, who
were among his closest friends over the past years.
Dobbin referred to himself modestly as a friend of jazz, but he was
instrumental in promoting the music as he befriended the players and
chronicled major events in the jazz world as a broadcaster and journalist.
His two-hour Dobbin's Den program on CKUT radio Sunday at 11 a.m. was
must-listening for fans of the the music he loved – bop and hard bop of
the late 1940s, 1950s and 1960s. He also wrote CD reviews for the
Funeral arrangements have yet to be made.
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