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Tributes paid to gifted musician

A BOROUGH drummer - who recorded with some of the biggest names in music - died in a motorcycle crash last week.

A BOROUGH drummer - who recorded with some of the biggest names in music - died in a motorcycle crash last week.

Chris Dagley, who was brought up in Dorridge, was killed on the A40, as he drove home from a gig - he was just 39 years-old.

Showing promise from an early age, Chris got his start with the Midlands Youth Jazz Orchestra (MYJO).

At just 13 years-old, the musician - who used to practise in his parents’ garage - took the drum chair.

Within a few years he’d moved to the National Youth Jazz Orchestra (NYJO) and continued to impress.

It’s understood that he’d moved from Solihull to Hertfordshire to hone his skills.

Over the next 20 years he worked with jazz soloists such as Randy Brecker and Don Weller.

He also played with mainstream stars from both sides of the Atlantic - including Take That, Lionel Richie and Liza Minnelli.

This week, friends and colleagues from the jazz world have paid tribute to “a true gentleman and gifted musician”.

A Facebook group, set up in his memory, already has almost 1,000 members.

Adam Talbot wrote: “I remember Chris turning up for his first NYJO gig at 14. He was brilliant then.

“Such a waste of a wonderful talent. Always had a smile on his face and a good word to say about everyone.”

Nephew Jamie Newston said: “You are truly a special, talented man who shouldn’t have been taken from us.”

Father-of-three Chris was riding back from the Ronnie Scott Jazz Club, where he was house drummer, when the accident happened.

There were no witnesses.

 

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