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Apr 16, 2021 - 9:35:02 AM
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Phil Zimmerman, ex-President and Music Director of Music Camps North, passed away this morning from brain cancer, according to email and FB post from his wife and son.

Phil was an accomplished banjoist, both old time and bluegrass, and bluegrass mandolinist. Always "up" for performing and jamming.

He was part of the small Yankee contingent that attended and photographed the first Carlton Haney festival in Fincastle VA.

Phil published a wonderful coffee table book of his bluegrass photos. Just in the past week it was announced that his entire collection of photos and recordings were given to the IBMA Hall of Fame and Museum.

RIP Phil Zimmerman.

Edited by - The Old Timer on 04/16/2021 09:36:33

Apr 16, 2021 - 9:48:28 AM

66 posts since 12/19/2017

Sad to hear. This is a great loss to the world of banjo.

Apr 16, 2021 - 9:59:08 AM
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Not just Banjo. Phil was a multi-instrumentalist and a tireless promotoer of roots music especially bluegrass. He was my first band boss a long, long time ago when I played banjo (for 5 months) in the bluegrass version of the long running New England based LAST FAIR DEAL that went on to include swing and a composed a deal of original music. Phil taught photography at the University of Hartford and as mentioned in the announcement has a coffee table book of his work recording the bluegrass greats at festivals over many years. This is a great loss to Bluegrass and the enormous number of friends and musicians for whom he kept the music alive.

Apr 16, 2021 - 11:12:14 AM
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18430 posts since 6/30/2015

Very sorry to hear. I only met Phil twice, but I certainly enjoyed him and his music. Cancer sucks. RIP Phil.

Apr 16, 2021 - 12:05:41 PM

4278 posts since 6/15/2005

Very sad news.

Apr 18, 2021 - 4:09:33 PM

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56 posts since 5/26/2007

I was very sorry to learn of Phil’s passing. He was a wonderful photographer and musician. When I bought his book of outstanding bluegrass photographs some years ago he very kindly inscribed it for me. He was always friendly and helpful to other musicians. He will be missed.

Edited by - Andy B on 04/18/2021 16:10:25

Apr 18, 2021 - 5:01:59 PM
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263 posts since 11/20/2011

Very sorry to hear this news. Lynne's and my prayers to and for his family. Music Camps North was instrumental in our learning processes under his direction. Wonderful player and a great encourager ... if that's a word. His memory is certainly a blessing.
Ryk & Lynne

Apr 19, 2021 - 4:07:02 AM

1549 posts since 11/27/2005

Another space in the circle of Bluegrass friends so sad


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