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Wednesday, Jan 12, 2011

Justin Jay

This week's music news for locals only includes more on the sudden death of a musician

By Peter Holslin
Justin Jay, who played drums in Boyscout, Hialeah and Japanese Sunday, died last week. He was 33. Mario Quintero, Jay’s friend and bandmate, says Jay complained last week of excruciating headaches; friends found him early Sunday morning at his Golden Hill apartment. Quintero told CityBeat Tuesday afternoon that the cause of death was bacterial meningitis.

The news of Jay’s passing hit the local music community hard. SDDialedIn.com blogger Rosemary Bystrak and photographers Michael Klayman and Danny De La Cruz posted tributes on their blogs; FM 94/9’s Tim Pyles honored Jay on his Sunday-night show. Friends and bandmates congregated at Turf Club in Golden Hill this week for an informal memorial.

“He was definitely a musician, first and foremost,” Quintero says.

“One of the smartest people I ever met in my life. Intelligent and talented. He wanted nothing more than to play his drums.”

A memorial show for musician Michael “Stimy” Steinman, who died two weeks ago, will be held at The Casbah on Wednesday, Feb. 16. The lineup has yet to be announced. Also, a memorial will be held at the Recital Hall in Balboa Park at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 19. In the meantime, drop by North Park bar Live Wire to sign a banner raised in Steinman’s honor. You can also donate to a Wells Fargo account (use the number #1737951788) set up in Steinman’s honor. His family plans to use the money either for a scholarship to a rock ’n’ roll camp, a teen recovery center, or both.

Bam Barcelona, Eddie Jason Coven, Leyva & Friends and other artists will perform at a memorial concert for Dave Isabelle, a 60-year old jazz saxophonist who died of liver failure just before Christmas, at Humphrey’s Backstage Live on Saturday, Jan. 15.




 
 
 
 
 
 
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