News > Tommy Gill: 1964-2014

This morning the Jazz Artists of Charleston announced the passing of pianist Tommy Gill. Gill was a regular fixture in the Charleston jazz scene, a gifted musician and instructor. He was a soothing presence, a humble man with a kind soul. Gill passed away surrounded by family, in his home. We send our love to his family and friends, the incredible Charleston jazz family, and honor Gill’s contributions and his memory.

Tommy Gill. Image by Reese Moore, courtesy the JAC

From Leah Suarez, Executive Director of Jazz Artists of Charleston:

Tommy’s impact as an accomplished pianist, composer, arranger, musical director, technician, teacher and mentor is unprecedented. The same can be said for his warmth, compassion, kindness, humility, grace and sincerity as a friend and colleague. He approached life as he did his music – gently, selflessly, purposefully and deeply. While we mourn the loss of our friend, may we all be inspired by the legacy Tommy leaves. It is an incomparable gift – a world full of “pure imagination.”

Please keep Tommy’s immediate and extended families, and wide-reaching network of friends and colleagues, in your thoughts and prayers. Tommy is survived by his mother, brothers, sisters, a large extended family, and by his partner in life for many years. Information will be shared as it is available regarding funeral and memorial services.

Condolences may be sent to his family via JAC:

Family of Tommy Gill
Jazz Artists of Charleston
Post Office Box 21756
Charleston, South Carolina 29413

jazz@charlestonjazz.com

Thank you for your prayers, thoughts, love and support during this very difficult time.

Rest in peace, Tommy.

With Deepest Gratitude,

Leah M. Suárez
Executive Director

Posted on August 8, 2014 by admin.

Categories: Feature Post, Performing Arts

Tags: Charleston Jazz Orchestra, Jazz Artists Of Charleston, Tommy Gill

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