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Tuesday, February 25, 2020

RIP Dave Rae - Death of a legend

It is with great sadness that I write to tell you that Dave Rae passed away at approximately 8.30 this morning (Feb. 25).

I have lost a musical partner of many years but also the best friend one could hope for.

The North East Jazz scene has lost a major player and standard bearer for true New Orleans music, but mostly a gentleman in every sense of the word.

I would be grateful if you could relay this sad information to the wider Jazz public via your blog.
John Robinson.

18 comments :

Lance said...

Sad news indeed. A great banjo player and, as you say John, a gentleman in every sense of the word. I know he will be sadly missed, not just in New Orleans circles but by everyone who knew him. May he rest in peace.

Funeral details will be announced here as they are finalised. In the meantime our thoughts are with his family and friends.

CCJAZZMEN said...

Such sad news. I really used to look forward to seeing Dave and the band on my trips from Hong Kong.
He was such a warm and lovely person to chat to and so knowledgeable on New Orleans jazz.

A big loss to the jazz scene in the North East.

R.I.P.

Colin Aitchison (Hong Kong)

Alan Rudd said...

Lance, we're really sad to hear about Dave Rae, he was indeed a gentleman and so knowledgeable and passionate about the New Orleans genre.

Unfortunately I have some more bad news. Classic Swing have been using Norman Brown on keyboards recently at the Jesmond Legion gig. However we were sad to hear Norman died recently. His funeral is tomorrow, Thursday, 1pm, at Sunderland Crematorium.

Norman played for many years with Arthur Mowatt's big band at the Park Hotel, and was still playing organ in local clubs. I believe he also taught piano.

Brian Bennett said...

Sadly the end of an era for all those traditional jazz fans and musicians who followed and played with The Rae Brothers New Orleans Jazz Band. RIP Dave

Elizabeth Bacon (on F/b) said...

That's a lovely tribute to Dave by John Robinson . He is going to be dreadfully missed

Phil Smith (on F/b) said...

Sad news. Lovely man.

Russell said...

I always thought of Dave as a very nice man.It seems others think the same. Dave was a classy banjo player and a fine singer of New Orleans and gospel numbers.

Robert Wade (on F/b) said...

So sorry to hear the sad news. Great guy and gentleman of jazz.
Spoke to Mike Pointon (CO author of Colyer book ) good friend of Dave’s. He sends condolences and has many wonderful memories.
RIP Dave

Patti (on F/b) said...

Dave was such a sweet guy - and wonderful musician - he sang really nicely too. We'll all miss him so much.

Roly said...

Such very sad news. Dave was a lovely, gentle person and as John says has made such a remarkable and devoted contribution to the tradition of pure ensemble style New Orleans jazz.

Steve Andrews (on F/b). said...

I heard just a week or so ago that Dave was very ill. Very sorry to hear this news. A nice man and a good banjoist, and very dedicated to jazz. He'll be a big miss.

Cliff Soden (on F/b). said...

Aww man, such sad news. Dave was a lovely guy.

John Hallam (on F/b). said...

Very sorry to hear this. Mac told me last week that Dave was really ill. Great banjo/ tenor guitar player, vocalist and encyclopaedic knowledge of N O stuff. Best of all, he was a nice gentle man.

Jude Murphy (on F/b) said...

Very sad news.

Gordon Solomon said...

Depressing news indeed. Dave, Mac and myself became interested in New Orleans jazz at about the same time and played together in various bands from the 1960's onwards. A true enthusiast of the music who never said a bad word about anyone.
Gordon Solomon.

Anonymous said...

Just note to register my comments regarding Dave Rae . I was very sad to learn of the passing of Dave Rae.
I first met /worked with Dave Deputising for John Robinson On many occasions Also meeting up with the many Guests that Dave booked on a regular basis
A true gentleman in The New Orleans style
R I P
Raymond Newton Double Bass/ Cello/ Bass Guitar

Keith Peplow said...

Keith and Maggie Peplow in Sicily
We are both so sad to see the news of Dave Rae,he Always had time to speak to speak to us, and provided such good music with his band, so easy to dance to, and provided such a relaxed atmosphere,our thoughts to his family.Rest in Peace Mate.

Chris & Sandra Stapleton said...

Sad indeed. Dave was so kind and thoughtful. The jazz was inspiring and his regular contact since we moved away from NE much appreciated and missed. Jazz scene will be the poorer for this loss. RIP

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