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Josh Dixon 1970 – 2012

January 23, 2012

The Victoria jazz community is deeply saddened by the sudden passing of drummer Josh Dixon last Wednesday  at age 41. The coroner’s report identified a congenitally enlarged heart as the cause of death.

Tributes to Josh are pouring in not only from the Victoria community but also New York and New Orleans where he lived for a number of years and performed with some of the top names in jazz including Herb Ellis, Roy Hargrove, Nicholas Payton, and Kurt Rosenwinkel.

An informal jazz jam tribute is planned for this Thursday, January 26, 8 -11 pm, at Hermann’s Jazz Club in Victoria.

A formal memorial service will be held at Hermann’s on Saturday, March 3 starting at 4pm.

Josh’s wife Jennie is creating a website to honour him. It is up now and will be completed in February.

I’m currently working with Sean Drabitt on an extended article that will pay tribute to Josh and  document his life as a musician. Stay tuned.

  1. January 26, 2012 at 10:17 am

    I am a family friend and have known Josh since he was a two year old destined to play drums…I am saddened by this loss and miss his father George as well…….
    Dean Singh
    Edmonton, AB
    deansingh.com

  2. Joelle Fuller
    January 23, 2012 at 9:18 pm

    I am saddened by the passing of my cousin who I had not seen in many years. I am a musician also living in Kelowna and always was amazed by my uncle George and Josh’s passion and ability. As a child I recognized their bond through music.The Dixon family has many musicians and we are very proud of eachother. Isee how much Josh was loved and admired.God Bless, Joelle Fuller

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