In the close-knit jazz community, we rely on the skill and experience of a relatively small number of people who are so dedicated to our kind of music that they are always the go-to advisers, movers and shakers of events, always ready to help in progressing anything to do with jazz.
Lynette Irwin was one such lady, well-known and respected for her involvement in jazz and the role of women in entertainment. Now sadly lost to us she leaves a legacy of unselfish devotion to the jazz world.
As her daughter Tess writes – “..…everything she did was with passion and determination. She was a wife, a nanna, Queensland’s jazz matriarch, Director of the Brisbane International Jazz Festival, fierce advocate of women and friend to many”.
Many jazz musicians have benefitted from Lynette’s promotion and management skills – organising gigs, tours and recordings for Australian and International artists.
I knew Lynette best in some of the 30 years of her time as President of Jazz Queensland and the close connection she had with us at Brisbane Jazz Club in planning the many performances of the festivals. Her leadership of this organisation also helped to develop the expertise of many well-known Brisbane jazz musicians and encouraged the younger generation to get into jazz.
On behalf of Brisbane Jazz Club, I offer the sincerest condolences to her family, and all jazz-lovers who knew her, on the loss of this special lady who forged her way into the history of jazz in Australia.
Vice President – Brisbane Jazz Club
11 March 2023