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Bo Leibowitz 1945-2019

The KRCW Strictly Jazz disc jockey was uncompromising when it came to programming

Bo Leibowitz
Bo Leibowitz (photo courtesy: KCRW)

Bo Leibowitz, whose 40-year tenure as a disc jockey at KCRW radio made him a staple of jazz broadcasting, first in the greater Los Angeles area and then around the world, died June 3 in Los Angeles after a long illness. He was 74 years old.

His death was announced by his family in a June 3 statement on social media and confirmed by the Los Angeles Times.

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Michael J. West

Michael J. West is a jazz journalist in Washington, D.C. In addition to his work on the national and international jazz scenes, he has been covering D.C.’s local jazz community since 2009. He is also a freelance writer, editor, and proofreader, and as such spends most days either hunkered down at a screen or inside his very big headphones. He lives in Washington with his wife and two children.