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Brian Gavriloff, The Journal, File
Jazz Community Reels from Loss
Edmonton’s jazz community is reeling from the news that Craig Magill, a long-time supporter, has died December 31 while in New York.
Magill, who was 69, suffered a massive brain injury after a fall, accidentally losing his footing outside a jazz club in New York’s Greenwich Village.
Since moving to Edmonton in 1952 at the age of 15, Magill has dedicated countless hours to the presentation of jazz and raising awareness of the artform. As a co-founder of the Edmonton Jazz Society (est. 1973), he spent 25 years as a board member and was a past president of the organization and the Jazz City Festival Society. For the past several years he was a member of the programming committee at the Yardbird Suite.
Magill was pursuing his passion when he died, being on holiday with his wife Wendy in New York at the time of his death. He is also survived by two daughters and son, as well as four grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, contributions to help fund a concert in Craig’s memory may be mailed to: Edmonton jazz Society – Craig Magill Memorial, 11 Tommy Banks Way, Edmonton, AB T6E 2M2