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Michael Warner Hart MBE (1934-2018) 17 Dec 2018

Michael Warner Hart MBE (1934-2018) image

Mike Hart died peacefully in his sleep on Tuesday 11th December.

Mike was the Founder of the Festival and it’s Artistic Director of over 25 years. He was at the heart of the Edinburgh traditional jazz scene from the 1950s up until a few years ago,as a musician, bandleader and organiser. He was a man of great energy, charisma and commitment. He changed the landscape of the Edinburgh jazz scene, creating the first international jazz Festival in Scotland and sustained it through the force of his own personality and hard work through thick and thin.

He created a special spirit for the Festical which followed his own passion for the music. Jazz was always a joy for him.

Everyone in the Festival family mourns his passing.

The funeral will be held at 12 noon on Friday 28 December at Warriston Crematorium, Lorimer Chapel, Warriston Road, Edinburgh, EH7 4HW and afterwards at The Counting House, West Nicholson Street for an informal buffet lunch and a musical tribute.

All friends welcome.

Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival Chair, Councillor Jason Rust said “Mike was a legend in the jazz scene. As the Founding Director of the Festival forty years ago, we have Mike to thank for what has evolved over the decades into one of the top jazz festivals in Europe. He brought a massive wealth of music knowledge and wit to all his contributions to the Festival and will be mich missed. Our thoughts are with his family and many friends at this sad time”.

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