Charlie Lourie, a jazz industry veteran and co-founder of the pre-eminent jazz reissue label Mosaic Records, died Sunday of cardiac arrest. He had been suffering from sclera derma for the past three years.
Throughout the 1970s, Lourie worked for Epic Records, then head of marketing for the jazz label Blue Note Records and eventually director of Jazz and Progressive Music for Warner Bros. Records.
In 1983, Lourie and Michael Cuscuna launched Mosaic Records, a direct-mail label to issue definitive, limited-edition boxed sets of great jazz and blues artists including Thelonious Monk, Duke Ellington, Miles Davis and T Bone Walker. He also served on the board of The Jazz Foundation of America and the Jazz Musicians Emergency Fund.
Born in Boston on April 20, 1940, Louire graduated from the New England Conservatory and worked throughout the 1960s in the greater Boston area as a clarinetist with various chamber groups and symphony orchestras, including the Boston Symphony and the Boston Pops. He was also a member of various jazz groups.
He is survived by daughter Sarah, son David, brother Alan and mother Rose. The funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. today at Gallagher’s Funeral Home in Stamford, Conn.