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September 11, 2007

Jazz Master Bob Day Dies at 61

Written by
cindy mcleod

jazz news, Canada

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Bob Day
1946-2007

Calgary Jazz Community Suffers Great Loss

The Calgary jazz community is in a state of grief this week as news of musician Bob Day’s death resonates a somber tone. Bob Day, master flugelhorn player and composer, passed away on Sunday, Sept. 9 at the age of 61 years.

Born on August 27, 1946 in Toronto, Bob moved West in the late 1960’s where he pursued a successful music career. Known for his masterful technique, lyrical approach and gifted harmonic sensibility, Bob was regarded a top player, composer and educator in his field.

As a section player, Bob played with various bands over the past 40 years, including the Rob McConnell Boss Brass, Paul Anka and Frank Sinatra Jr., to name a few. He was a gifted jazz musician, frequently leading his own groups and performing his original composition at various venues throughout the city. Bob was also an in-demand sideman, appearing on numerous recordings.

A respected educator, Bob spent the last several years teaching at Mount Royal College as part of the Jazz Faculty.

Bob is survived by his daughter and son-in-law Johanna and Brent Buckingham. He will also be forever remembered by his many friends whom he considered part of his family.

A Gathering to celebrate Bob’s life will be held in the Reception Centre at McInnis & Holloway’s, Park Memorial Chapel (5008 Elbow Drive S.W.) on Friday, September 14, 2007 at 2:30 p.m. Forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com.

If friends so desire, Memorial Tributes may be made directly to the Bob Day Memorial Scholarship Fund c/o the Mount Royal College Foundation Office, 4825 Mount Royal Gate S.W., Calgary, AB T3E 6K6 Telephone: (403) 440-7700.

2 comments for this post.

  1. Comment from marty hoffman on October 6th, 2007 :

    I was very saddened to recently hear of the loss of Bob Day. I had the pleasure of hearing his fine music as part of the Bob Erlendson Band at Marty’s Cafe in
    Calgary twice a week for several years.
    It is a great loss to the jazz community and myself
    personally.
    My deepest condolences to his family , friends and
    fans. marty hoffman
    martyhoffman1@hotmail.com

  2. Comment from jerlendson on November 20th, 2007 :

    Bob Day was my friend, teacher and it is a great loss to our musical community that he is gone.
    He was a very kind man, and a really good teacher, even if he didn’t think of himself as a natural teacher.
    I went to the funeral, on behalf of my father as well, and it was very hard for me. I left early, not because I didn’t want to stay and visit with everyone, but I needed to sob for a while. I got a few looks from people, like, why’re you so upset? Bob Day was there for me and my Dad during a particularly rough patch, when I was just visiting from Toronto, and when I first moved to Calgary. His unconditional love stays with me always.
    babe_jessica@hotmail.com
    Jessica Erlendson

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