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RIP Sean Bergin (1948-2012)

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The death on Saturday of Sean Bergin is being reported. Born in Durban in South Africa in 1948, the saxophonist/ flautist/ composer/ singer had lived in the Netherlands since the mid-1970’s, and received the Dutch VPRO/Boy Edgar Prize in 2000. Among British musicians he worked with are Phil Minton and Maggie Nichols. Biography

VPRO Nederland writes (my translation): “Sean had been ill for several years. But he had no desire to be “the patient”, and continued to play for as long as he could. Last weekend he was listed on the programme for the ZomerJazzFietstour (Summer Jazz Bicycle Tour) in Groningen, where he was scheduled to play with his own band. He didn’t make it. A giant has been brought down. From now on it will be a little quieter in Amsterdam.”

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