Jazz journalist, broadcaster David Grierson dead at 49

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VICTORIA, British Columbia -- David Grierson, a Canadian Broadcasting Corporation radio and television host, jazz writer and book author, is dead at age 49.

Grierson, author of “The Expo Celebration," a Canadian best-seller featuring the work of Canadian photographers on the world's fair in Vancouver in 1986, died Saturday of a heart attack, professional colleagues said.

“He combined a vigorous intelligence with wit, with curiosity, with charm and with an ability to engage not one bit intimidating," said Jane Heffelfinger, director of CBC's Victoria station.

Grierson was with CBC radio and television for 20 years, most recently as host of the morning radio show “On the Island." He was previously host and producer of the popular CBC Radio One show “North by Northwest."

He wrote a jazz column for the The Georgia Strait and articles on jazz for downbeat, Swing Journal and other publications.

On television he was a weekly columnist and co-host of CBC's “Sunday Arts/Entertainment," and his series “The Performers" was aired on CTV and Turner Network Television.

Grierson was a charter member of the Writers Guild of Canada and one of the founding members of the British Columbia chapter of the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences.

Survivors include two sons, 10 and 15, their mother Sheri and Grierson's partner, Katherine Mulders.

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