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Ira Gitler, R.I.P.

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Multiple reports say that journalist Ira Gitler has died at age 90. 

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Sad news to start the day but 90 is a pretty big number. RIP.

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Thanks for a HUGE amount of extremely instructive and at the same time entertaining jazz reading.

RIP

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Huge debt owed in terms of imparting jazz knowledge and some very insightful sleevenotes and articles. RIP.

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One of my "go to" writers back in the day. RIP

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29 minutes ago, jlhoots said:

One of my "go to" writers back in the day. RIP

Same here.

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Sad day.  RIP.

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One of my all time favourite jazz books:

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R.I.P., and thanks for the excellent work.

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Just looked up what I could find on Amazon, to refresh my memory about his books -- and a few on Ice Hockey came up as well.  I figured it was by a different author with the same name, but according to his Wikipedia entry, hockey was his other passion (literally how Wikipedia termed it)...

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ira_Gitler

RIP.

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39 minutes ago, mikeweil said:

One of my all time favourite jazz books:

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R.I.P., and thanks for the excellent work.

Seconding that motion!

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21 minutes ago, Joe said:

Seconding that motion!

Thirding it. ;)

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4 hours ago, Mark Stryker said:

Multiple reports say that journalist Ira Gitler has died at age 90. 

 

4 hours ago, Dan Gould said:

Sad news to start the day but 90 is a pretty big number. RIP.

 

3 hours ago, J.A.W. said:

 

3 hours ago, Big Beat Steve said:

Thanks for a HUGE amount of extremely instructive and at the same time entertaining jazz reading.

RIP

 

3 hours ago, sidewinder said:

Huge debt owed in terms of imparting jazz knowledge and some very insightful sleevenotes and articles. RIP.

 

3 hours ago, jlhoots said:

One of my "go to" writers back in the day. RIP

 

2 hours ago, J.A.W. said:

Same here.

 

2 hours ago, mjzee said:

Sad day.  RIP.

 

1 hour ago, Hardbopjazz said:

Sad news. RIP, Ira.

 

1 hour ago, soulpope said:

R.I.P ....

 

1 hour ago, mikeweil said:

One of my all time favourite jazz books:

519x3QR9CsL._SX311_BO1,204,203,200_.jpg

R.I.P., and thanks for the excellent work.

 

38 minutes ago, Rooster_Ties said:

Just looked up what I could find on Amazon, to refresh my memory about his books -- and a few on Ice Hockey came up as well.  I figured it was by a different author with the same name, but according to his Wikipedia entry, hockey was his other passion (literally how Wikipedia termed it)...

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ira_Gitler

RIP.

51oRX3bltxL._SX330_BO1,204,203,200_.jpg

 

25 minutes ago, clifford_thornton said:

What a life. RIP.

 

23 minutes ago, Joe said:

Seconding that motion!

 

1 minute ago, Big Beat Steve said:

Thirding it. ;)

 

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He vastly improved and revitalized this essential reference work. I always enjoyed his writing, including a LOT of liners!

 

gregmo

 

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3 hours ago, mikeweil said:

One of my all time favourite jazz books:

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R.I.P., and thanks for the excellent work.

A fantastic book and RIP.  A phenomenal writer. 

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Learned so much from him.

He will be missed...

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At times I've wondered why he never changed his last name. For a Jew to be just one letter off Adolph..and in Russian Hitler is pronounced and written 'Gitler'. Weird.

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Knowing Ira, I can't imagine he would have changed his last name for that reason; let that momser Adolph change his, he might have said. In addition to all his other virtues and achievements, Ira had a great sense of humor and the absurd, more or less in the Mel Brooks vein. I remember an evening at a Chicago restaurant with Barry Harris and Eddie Jefferson where he left us weeping with laughter.

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I am very sorry to hear this.  I was born 26 years after Bird's death and Gitler's writing made an era come alive.  Thank you, Mr. Gitler, and rest in peace.

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Very sorry to hear this. Me too, I learned an awful lot from him ... and both the "Swing to Bop" and this bosk are favourites:

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18 hours ago, sidewinder said:

Huge debt owed in terms of imparting jazz knowledge and some very insightful sleevenotes and articles. RIP.

My views too. Sad news,an important chronicler from the 50s on/

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