Pittsburgh has lost one of its most loyal supporters of our local jazz scene, Dr. Francis Bruce Marion. Although I have never actually met or had spoken with him, I’ve seen him around town at many many shows over the last twelve years or so. Equipped with his video camera on a tripod, he was normally off to the side or discretely tucked in a corner of the room capturing so many of Pittsburgh’s local talented musicians. He’s posted hundreds of videos on YouTube under the name DrFBM.
Dr. Bruce and I ending up attending and filming several of the same shows over the past few years, but mine were never as nice or as complete as his were. It’s obvious that he loved this music and wanted to share it with the world. This is something I certainly relate to and congratulate him for and it’s something I’ll continue to do as long as I’m able. Due to the sudden and unexpected nature of his passing, his family is currently raising money to cover his funeral costs online. You can donate HERE.
Here are just a few of the many performances that the world is fortunate enough to view because of him. Thank you, Dr. Bruce! May you rest in peace.