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July 23, 2024

Remembering Ian Walsh

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Play it again Ian – as you played it for all of us! Thanks for the music.

You were a great help to Pig Perfect Theatre and a lovely man.

Heartfelt condolences to family and friends

Peter Purdon, Ballina


The passing of jazz musician Ian Walsh is a great loss to the jazz community and the Byron community in general. He was an outstanding artist and person. I was aware that he was not well.

When I arrived in Byron close to 40 years ago I heard Ian playing jazz at ‘The Rails’ hotel and was highly impressed by his jazz skills and jazz ’conversations’. Indeed, these were the days when there was a real sense of community in Byron Bay. The place was alive with performing local artists. 

Having worked in the jazz scene in Sydney and the Cross for years I approached Ian and took piano lessons. Poor Ian… my tiny brain could not hold the complexity of chordal jazz structure… let alone go near music written in D flat. He was so patient and kind as I stumbled on with learning. 

His jazz charts are a work of art. I often saw him with Fay, his gentle partner, listening to jazz at the Tweed Bowlo… a man with the greatest ‘jazz chops’. He sold me his piano and as the decades have passed his patient spirit resonates whenever the key D Flat is presented.  Miss you Ian. Love to all of his family. We are richer in spirit ‘coz of Ian. 

Jo Faith, Newtown

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