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Obituary: Victor Schonfield

News of the the death of Victor Schonfield on 3 May 2022 was received with great sadness. He was well known for his writing (including for Jazz Journal) and for supporting and promoting areas of jazz, experimental and improvised music from the 1960s onwards. Born in the London Clinic, Marylebone, “on a quiet night in the Blitz”, 19 December 1940, he grew up and went to the same school as future poet and lyricist...

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