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Vic Vogel 1935-2019

The beloved Canadian pianist and bandleader holds the record for most performances at the Montreal Jazz Festival

Vic Vogel
Vic Vogel (photo: Geraldo Pace)

Vic Vogel, a Canadian pianist and child of Hungarian immigrants who rose to become an indispensable figure in the jazz scenes of both his hometown of Montreal and his entire country, died on the morning of September 16 at his home in Montreal. He was 84.

His death was announced later that day in a press statement from Vogel’s family, which was also posted to his official Facebook page. The statement noted that Vogel passed away “beside his true love, his Steinway piano since he was 16.”

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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.