Sebastian writes: Sad news to report. One of the most effective and consistent supporters and enablers of jazz in the UK, Brian Blain, died on Sunday 9 October at the Marie Curie Hospice in Hampstead, at the age of 92.
We published a celebratory piece “Accolades and Anecdotes” for Brian’s 90th birthday in 2019. (LINK HERE). Rereading it today is a reminder of the affection and high esteem for Brian which has quite rightly existed for decades within the UK jazz community. The word “enthusiasm” appears nine times in that piece. Yes, his undimmed enthusiasm for the music, well into his tenth decade, stands as a exemplar for all of us.
The most commonly used phrase I have heard as the news has been filtering through this week is: “He did help an incredible number of people.”
At LJN we absolutely treasured his writing. Here is his last piece for us, a gem of a mini-review of Damon Brown in the 2021 London Jazz Festival:
Sympathies above all go to the remarkable, thoughtful and kind Maureen (Mo), to Sarah and Matthew, and to Brian and Mo’s four grandchildren. In sadness.