This week, we lost a huge supporter of the KW art scene, an early and ardent supporter of the Jazz Room, and a good friend with a big voice and easy smile. Philip Bast passed away suddenly but peacefully on Monday at the young age of 63. He had spent the weekend filming a local blues show and had just begun editing the video.
Rest in peace, Phil Bast
Phil was with the Grand River Jazz Society at its very beginning, sharing backyard conversations about pricing models and artist fees, debating sight lines and acoustics, and making connections between our Board and the community at large that continue to this day. He attended our early Board meetings to offer the kinds of perspectives that only a passionate supporter of the arts could bring to the table. We greatly valued his presence and the time that he dedicated to the cause.
Phil’s expertise, enthusiasm and good-hearted generosity made him a legend in the arts community and beyond, but Phil was also well-loved for his ease of friendship and genuine conversation. His contagious smile and booming voice made everyone feel welcome in his presence.
Phil will be dearly missed by his family and friends, along with the entire KW arts community. His big hands are still all over our music scene – he will not be forgotten.
Rest in peace, Phil.