• Joel Brown

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    Joel Brown is a staff writer at BU Today and Bostonia magazine. He’s written more than 700 stories for the Boston Globe and has also written for the Boston Herald and the Greenfield Recorder. Profile

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There are 9 comments on A Loss for the Medical Campus—and the Boston Jazz Scene

  1. I considered Lance my best friend, like a little brother. Met him in 1994 when we worked for the IRS, we remained best friends from that point. We talked just about every day. He was my casino buddy, and loved the Keno slots. He was a great musician, and a wonderful man. I will miss him greatly. R.I.P. little brother.

  2. Thank you for the tribute to Lance. After BU Today ran a video/article about him in early spring semester, I invited Lance to musick with Introduction to Music Teaching and Learning students at CFA. His contributions to all of us will be missed.

  3. Thank you for this remembrance of a beautiful person. I, too, have never heard the flute played as Lance so soulfully did. His music was a gift, as was his gentle way of being, insight and care for others. And it was great to learn that he was a dog whisperer! Wishing comfort to his family and all who loved him.

  4. I was shocked to learn of the passing of Lance Martin over the weekend, and hoped it was a mistake. I met Lance while attending Twelfth Baptist Church around 1998. The Brass Ensemble enriched the worship experience tremendously.
    In December of 2014 I invited Lance and the ensemble to be guests at our first annual scholarship fundraiser, Christmas concert at Faith Christian Church, in Dorchester. He accepted without reservation and has been on the show each year, helping us raise funds for the 3 charities we support. They performed with the same level of excellence as they did on Sundays or at other special events. He was a fine man with a big heart, and an amazing musical gift, which he shared so willingly. We will never forget him.

    Peebles Street Music

  5. When ever you heard Lance play his flute. It was just magical. He would put his whole heart and soul into playing his instrument with his whole body shaking and rolling, what he called Physical Jazz. Lance will be greatly missed by his many friends in his church community and by the many students that he taught.

  6. To the Family of Lance Martin– I had the honor to work with Lance at BU. I got to witness & absorb not only to his high-level of professionalism, fairness, loving heart & humor, but also his energy and boundless talent. I caught his gigs randomly at Darryl’s or at open mic nights or at an alumni event on campus. News of his death struck me hard. That day, the neighbor passed over the fence a pair of white azaleas that needed a new home. They are here now in my garden in tribute to the Great Lance Martin. I have nurtured them since, just as I will his memory. It’s mid-August now and they are full of vigor and beauty. When I water them or yank away the weeds, they remind me of our extraordinarily good & powerful guy during this relentlessly tragic time . His death is a big loss. I miss him and grieve the lost chance to build a deeper friendship. I will continue to pay tribute to his memory.

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