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Memorable Manitobans: Gordon John “Gordie” Komosky (1942-2006)

Musician.

Born on 27 May 1942, son of John Komosky and Margaret Prohibny, he grew up in Winnipeg and attended Nelson McIntyre Collegiate. He loved jazz and, in the 1960s, began playing in such clubs as the Royal Alexandra Hotel, Moon Room, North Star Inn, Hollow Mug Lounge, Danceland (Clear Lake), Silver Heights Restaurant and, the Fort Garry Hotel’s Palm Room. He played with such musicians as George Reznik, Dave Young, Lenny Breau, Don Peters, Monty Levine, Danny Carroll, Jose Poneira, Johnny Bering, and Bernie Senensky. In the late 1960s, he played with Jimmy King on CJAY-TVs Amateur Show. He encouraged new talent and organized jam sessions at the Silver Heights Restaurant. He died on 3 March 2006.

Sources:

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 7 March 2006.

This page was prepared by Erin Harley.

Page revised: 31 January 2019

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