GARY KEYS

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  • "You will be missed. Rest in peace. -Gilonna"
    - Gilonna
  • "MESSAGE OF CONDOLENCES FROM IRELAND/DUBLIN TO GARY KEYS..."
    - Lassane Ouedraogo
  • "I met Gary when I was 20 on Fire Island where we all played..."
    - Linda Kraus
  • "All I know there will be some great music parties taking..."
    - Carl Nicola
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KEYS--Gary.

81, of New York City and Negro Harbour, Nova Scotia passed away on Sunday, August 9. In the sixties he distinguished himself in the jazz world by producing the first jazz and pop concerts at Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall featuring The Supremes, Stevie Wonder, Judy Garland, Simon and Garfunkel and Dizzy Gillespie. He toured Ray Charles in Israel and Stan Getz in Latin America. For the Mexican Olympics in 1968, he organized a nationwide tour of Duke Ellington while making a documentary film. Thereafter his documentaries included films on Dionne Warwick, Count Basie, Whitney Houston, a children's CBS special on the history of jazz as well as films of social relevance. He was developing a film company with his occasional sponsor, Douglas Durst. His films were featured at international film festivals and in a retrospective in Dublin. He had a quick intelligence and an unquenchable sense of humor. He was a generous host, a great cook and was devoted to fun and friendship, bebop and laughter. He is survived by his son Ellington, two daughters Linnea and Malena, three ex-wives Nita Keys, Wendy Keys Pels, Birgit Keys and his wife Grace Park.

Published in The New York Times on Aug. 18, 2015