JAZZ.FM91 has announced the renaming of our main production studio after beloved Canadian music icon Jeff Healey.

The Jeff Healey Production Studio honours the Juno-winning guitarist, vocalist and trumpet player who had an incredible knowledge of jazz and a great passion for sharing music with others.

Healey recorded in that very studio from 2005 to 2008, when he hosted the very popular program My Kinda Jazz on JAZZ.FM91.

After a battle with cancer, Healey died in 2008 in Toronto. He was 41.

Joining Brad Barker to unveil the production studio’s new name were Cristie Healey, Jeff’s widow, and Roger Costa, the co-administrator of the Estate of Jeff Healey who was a close friend of his for 21 years.

“It is beautiful. I think Jeff would be very proud and flattered that his jazz family is remembering him this way,” said Cristie Healey, who has been a champion of her late husband’s musical legacy.

“He loved jazz, he loved his record collection, and that’s what his show was based on,” she said. “He was very passionate about it. And sharing his passion every week with his fans, with the JAZZ.FM91 family, it meant a lot to him.”

“It’s wonderful,” said Costa. “Jeff’s name is forever linked with JAZZ.FM91 in various ways, and it’s a very fitting tribute.”

Below, you can listen to the full segment with Cristie Healey and Roger Costa helping to unveil the Jeff Healey Production Studio.