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Popular jazz musician loses cancer fight

A popular musician has died after losing his fight with cancer.

Vasile Stanescu, also known as “Baz”, was a virtuoso jazz violinist who entertained crowds at Brighton venues including Joogleberry, The Hanbury Ballroom and Komedia.

He was found dead at his home in Crawley Down on January 8 after battling lymphatic cancer. He was 53.

The talented performer trained at the Burcharest Conservatoire in Romania before coming to the UK to marry his ex-wife Nikki, who was from Haywards Heath, in 1997.

He became a pivotal part of local jazz group Ultraswing and embarked on ten years of gigs and performances across Sussex. He returned home to Romania briefly before returning to Sussex to play with another band called Hai La Drum. The group focused on jazz-inspired Romanian, Balkan and Russian music and performed together for five years.

He leaves a son, Octavian Sirfa, and two daughters, Yunona and Marry Jane.

Local double bass player Dan Sheppard worked with Mr Stanescu for 15 years. He said: “He was extremely talented, and deserved a bigger stage.”

Mr Stanescu’s friends and family are welcoming donations for his funeral fund. It will be used to fly his family from Romania for his burial in Haywards Heath. To donate, e-mail dan_sheppard@me.com.

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7:53am Sat 26 Jan 13

McGinty says...

He was a larger-than-life character, and incredibly talented. He'll be sadly missed. He left no money for a funeral, so any donations would be very welcome. There was a fundraiser at The Verdict on Tuesday which raised around £600, the full fee is around £2500.
He was a larger-than-life character, and incredibly talented. He'll be sadly missed. He left no money for a funeral, so any donations would be very welcome. There was a fundraiser at The Verdict on Tuesday which raised around £600, the full fee is around £2500. McGinty
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7:54am Sat 26 Jan 13

McGinty says...

His funeral is on Thurs 31st at 1.30pm in the Catholic church in Haywards Heath
His funeral is on Thurs 31st at 1.30pm in the Catholic church in Haywards Heath McGinty
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9:25am Sat 26 Jan 13

snugbunny says...

I would like to amend above post with correct details of funeral. St Wilfrid's Church at 1.15pm.
I would like to amend above post with correct details of funeral. St Wilfrid's Church at 1.15pm. snugbunny
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4:26pm Sat 26 Jan 13

McGinty says...

Thanks
Thanks McGinty
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