Charlie Herschbach, director of the Texas Jazz Festival, dies at 62

Charlie Herschbach, director of the Texas Jazz Festival Society, died Sunday of complications related to COVID-19.

He was 62 years old.

His daughter Jacqueline Renee Herschbach said on Facebook that he died at 9.59am on Sunday.

“He wasn’t alone,” his daughter said. “Thankfully a loved one was able to be with him when he was ready. … Please allow us time to grieve and please respect our privacy during this time.”

Charlie Herschbach was the director of the Texas Jazz Festival Society.  He died of complications related to COVID-19.

Trisha Dawn, Herschbach’s girlfriend, was beloved with him in his hospital bed.

“I am heartbroken but grateful that I got to hold his hand when he passed,” Dawn said in a Facebook post. “I saw God in the silence of a COVID ICU when the battle (was) over. My loved one’s face was absolutely peaceful.”

Herschbach’s daughter said he was taken to hospital on December 11 with complications. He had tested positive for COVID-19 “a few weeks” before, but thought he could recover without serious effects.

He had pneumonia and was not getting the required amount of oxygen. He was put on a ventilator on December 22.

Austin's Jeff Lofton performs solo on trumpet Saturday, October 20, 2012 as he performs with members of the band James Polk during the 52nd annual Texas Jazz Festival at Heritage Park in Corpus Christi.

Herschbach has been part of the Texas Jazz Festival for 20 years. President Nick Martinez shared his condolences on Facebook and thanked people for their comments on Herschbach’s passing.

“Charlie played an important role in the Texas Jazz Festival, often missing work, spending days on site in preparation for our three-day event,” Martinez said. “At the end of his logistical duties, he took the mic via the front of the stage.”

Martinez said that with Herschbach’s raspy vocals and dynamic manner of introduction, he brought in many big name bands such as Tom Braxton, Kirk Whaylon and Kyle Turner.

“We would like to thank everyone for their prayers and positive thoughts throughout this difficult time,” Herschbach’s daughter said. “We really appreciate it with all our hearts.”

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