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Premier Jazz Booking Agent Thomas Stowsand Dies at 59

Thomas Stowsand, the renowned booking agent who founded Saudades Tourneen in 1983, passed away on Oct. 5 in Schwaz, Austria after a long battle with cancer. He was 59.

Despite operating in what is generally considered a cutthroat field, Stowsand was trusted and beloved by many musicians the world over for his passion and love of jazz and Brazilian music and the artists who create it. He was a tireless promoter and supporter of all sorts of progressive and genre-defying music, which Saudades Tourneen’s roster represented.

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