Tuesday, March 11, 2008

RIP Dennis Irwin

I have very sad news to report. Seems like no one in our small world of this jazz blogosphere has posted it yet, but I learned last night that Dennis Irwin passed on to the other side yesterday; ironically, the day of the enormously unprecedented benefit at Jazz at Lincoln Center on his behalf.

My recollections of Dennis are most vivid as a member of Joe Lovano's bands in the 90s. I was first introduced to him through the Lovano's nonet record 52nd Street Themes. I also have fond memories of seeing him with Matt Wilson's Arts & Crafts.

Check out this loving video by Bret Primack (aka jazzvideoguy) done at Lovano's Streams of Expression sessions in 2005: http://youtube.com/watch?v=Fmlu_u-dxtk.

We're thinking of you Dennis. RIP.