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September 11, 2007

Jazz Master Bob Day Dies at 61

Written by
cindy mcleod

jazz news, Canada


Bob Day

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
    My deepest condolences to his family , friends and
    fans. marty hoffman

  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.
    Jessica Erlendson

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