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Benefit for Jazz drummer biker

A BENEFIT concert will be held for the family of an internationally-acclaimed jazz drummer, from Solihull, who died tragically in a motorcycle accident last July.

A BENEFIT concert will be held for the family of an internationally-acclaimed jazz drummer, from Solihull, who died tragically in a motorcycle accident last July.

Chris Dagley was travelling back to his home, in Middlesex, after playing at Ronnie Scott’s Club, in London, when the accident happened in the early hours of the morning.

No other vehicle was involved, and there were no witnesses.

The 39-year-old musician, who was brought up in Dorridge, and attended Arden School, Knowle, left a partner and three young children.

Chris was a child prodigy on drums. Aged 10, he joined one of the junior bands of the Midland Youth Jazz Orchestra (MYJO), whose musical director is Solihull’s John Ruddick, and then graduated to the senior outfit.

Nichola Ruddick, of MYJO, said: “It was obvious when Chris joined us as a youngster back in the 1980s he had real talent.

“He was a very well liked and respected musician and his death at such an early age was a tragedy.”

He later moved south to join the National Youth Jazz Orchestra, from where his career took off.

At the time of his death, Chris was a member of the house band at Ronnie Scott’s. He had played with a host of

British jazz stars and Americans, including Benny Golson and Randy Brecker.

The benefit concert by MYJO will take place at the Westley Hotel, Acocks Green on Sunday, April 17.

Lorraine Craig will be the guest singer – she used to perform alongside Chris in the National Youth Jazz Orchestra.

Tickets are £10, call 01675 442050 for more information.

 

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