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Steve Dalachinsky, Poet and Pillar of NYC Jazz Scene, Dies at 72

The PEN Award-winning writer was a frequent collaborator with and steadfast supporter of avant-garde musicians

Poet Steve Dalachinsky, Vision Festival, NYC, 2015 (photo: Marek Lazarski)

Steve Dalachinsky, a poet long associated with New York City’s “downtown” avant-garde jazz scene in multiple ways—as a chronicler, as a performer, and as a supporter—died September 16 at Southside Hospital in Bay Shore, Long Island, New York. He was 72.

Dalachinsky’s death was confirmed to WBGO-FM radio in Newark by friend and musician Matt Mottel, who said that the poet had had a stroke after a reading of his work on September 14.

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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.