Tributes have been flooding in to celebrate John Cumming. Below are some of the articles and posts

'An inspiring producer who was loved by everyone who knew him' Read Serious' full message here

'His own tireless curiosity and sharp perception made him responsive to the earliest tremors in the music’s tectonic plates: he was, as all great arts festival directors must be, not just a connoisseur of the past but a friend to the new' (The Guardian) [Read here]

'The word ‘hang’ could have been made for him- that’s how he achieved so much- by hanging out with musicians, agents, managers, promoters- as friends'
(Ros Rigby, London Jazz News) [Read here]

Many touching words from colleagues, partners, musicians, and friends, gathered by former Serious colleague and Arts & Parts Director Martel Ollerenshaw, can be found here

'His warmth, wit, and generous admiration for creative artists from unknowns to global celebrities means that many who had the pleasure of knowing him will hear the news as a personal loss, as if he were family' (John Fordham, Jazzwise) [Read here]

Ian Shaw hosts on Ronnie Scott's Radio including a John Cumming tribute with a quote from Guy Barker and a clip from John talking about Betty Carter [Listen from 23 minutes here]

Present and past Presidents of the Europe Jazz Network, all of whom were dear friends and colleagues of John, can be found here

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Dear John Cumming ... You were one of the most amazing characters in this large realm of “Jazz”. Larger than life. Always humble, hanging in a corner. A lot of times people didn’t know who you were, what you did and you would have a conversation about anything and everything. For so many artists, just like me, at a rare moment in time, you stepped into our lives and changed it for the better. You and the @seriouslivemusic team gave us a stage to express ourselves. You provoked encounters that would have never happened otherwise. The way you handled your friendships with the artists, managers, PR were for me, unparalleled. You would show up at gigs of folks just starting out and lend a ear a recommendation. You made time to listen to new projects. You also had the best stories. Goodness you could tell a story. You are so loved. Hundreds of artists thank you and your love for music, thousands of audience members thank you and the vision you had with #JohnEllson and the Serious team to create the @londonjazzfest You always reached out. And you always kept it real. I will miss the hangs with you. I am sure I will stumble upon some pictures... And I am sure that there are going to be a lot of great #JohnCumming stories told. They don’t make’em like you anymore. They really don’t. My deepest condolences to your family, close and far. Picture 1 from @gillespeterson @worldwide.fm Picture 2 from @jumokef #johncumming #thisonereallyhithard #thepeoplebehindthescene

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'John was a true titan of the jazz scene, not only as a founder of the London Jazz Festival and Serious but also a person who tirelessly promoted and shone the brightest spotlights on the live jazz.' (Emile Holba) [Read here with photos]

'John leaves great achievements; he played a major role, probably the major role, creating an international jazz scene in London and a touring network of British and international artists in the major UK venues'
(Tony Dudley Evans) [Read here]

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