[JPL] Great Canadian jazz broadcaster dies

Dr. Jazz 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 
Montreal Mirror.

Funeral arrangements have yet to be made.

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