Peter Jones writes:
Paolo Losi, the London-based jazz pianist, died yesterday at the age of just 46. He is believed to have suffered a heart attack.
Musicians throughout the capital have expressed their shock and dismay at the news.
Vocalist Linley Weir wrote: “This is just awful , can’t believe it , so sad. Played with this lovely man for many years. So young, so talented. In shock.”
Saxophonist Tracey Mendham wrote: “So so sad, way too early. My heart goes out to his family. We will all Miss this Beautiful Man who had a heart of gold and wonderful musicianship.”
Clarinettist Luca Luciano: “I have known Paolo for many years. He was a gentle soul and a very well mannered human being. He will be missed.”
Losi was recognized by all who knew him as a consummate musician. One of his greatest gifts was as an accompanist to singers. Paolo possessed the rare ability to put even the most nervous vocalist at ease, and to support their performance with a rich, melodic setting that would leave them and their listeners feeling that it had been something special.
I first encountered him as the house pianist at the monthly Mill Hill Jazz Club jam night, a job he had taken over from Ted Beament in 2012. Paolo Losi displayed extraordinary sensitivity, and was famed for his kindness and generosity.
He was also a teacher of music, and an accomplished drummer, saxophonist, guitarist and electric bassist. Born in Milan to an Eritrean mother and an Italian father, Losi had lived and worked in London for many years. At the time of his death, he had been back in Italy for a month and had just completed a professional engagement in Nice. On the day he died he was with his mother, and had been driving to Holland for a gig back in London. In sadness.