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In the years before he co-founded the TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival, the Kitsilano store where he worked played a key role as a hub for spreading adventurous music news around town and was something of a hang spot too, with a welcoming and unpretentious feel.


And when news of his death due to complications from throat cancer reached the jazz world on Aug. He was We will miss him terribly.

With his wide-ranging ear and passion for music on the cutting edge, Pickering elevated the Vancouver festival to global importance while also bringing such scenes as the New Dutch Swing and Nordic Jazz to prominence in Canada.

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Pickering, who has died at 66, was a co-founder of the festival and a programmer of daring, insight and innovation.

An ardent fan, he had an ear for pairing musicians who might otherwise never have played. The festival avoided the fragmentation to be heard at some festivals, offering an eclectic mixture, while also introducing Vancouver players to other musicians, programmers and journalists from around the world, opening the doors for them to be hired at prestigious gigs.

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Passionate about the music to the end, Vancouver jazz festival co-founder mourned

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Pickering saved money from a clerical job to explore Europe. He attended jazz shows in London before traversing the continent.

Ken Pickering dies of throat cancer on August 10, 2018

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