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R.I.P. Joel Dorn

December 19, 2007

Producer and record-label honcho Joel Dorn has died. He was 65. An old-school record man who produced dozens of classic jazz sides for Atlantic Records, Dorn may be best remembered–and missed–among Baltimoreans as the man whose circa-’90s independent label, the now-defunct 32 Records, issued a series of discs featuring jazz greats recorded live at Baltimore’s Famous Ballroom. More recently, Dorn’s Hyena Records released albums by Baltimore acts Lafayette Gilchrist and the Bridge. Despite having no real ties to Charm City, Dorn did a remarkable amount of good for the local scene over the past 15 years, and for that and more we wish him godspeed.