Editorial: Madison jazz legend beloved, missed

Jazz is an art form with many passionate fans, a few respected advocates and a relatively few true champions widely recognized for their commitment to the music.

Gary Alderman was one of those champions. He died July 21 after a battle with cancer. And he was and is revered by the Madison jazz community.

Alderman hosted a jazz program on WORT radio for 37 years. He had a store buying and selling jazz records, physical and online for longer than that, and he had a legendary collection of LPs and CDs. But most important he was beloved by friends and fans who respected his knowledge and appreciated his passion. The jazz community tends to be tight-knit and respect is not easily won. A remarkable number of people cared about Alderman.

There’s a tribute to Gary Alderman on Sunday at the Brink Lounge including a jam session and a performance on jazz organ, an instrument he loved. He is missed.

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