RIP: Jack Rose, Kensington Bluesman, Dead At 38


SPINNER: Jack Rose, a renowned Philadelphia-based acoustic guitarist, has died of a heart attack at 38, the Philadelphia Daily News reports. Rose was considered instrumental in bringing ragtime into the modern era and transforming it into something that was both referential and original. But as a self-taught player proficient on the guitar, including the 6-string, 12-string and lap steel, he brought a wide range of influences to his music. Explaining his process in a 2007 interview, Rose said his favorite music was “anything that’s pre 1942; Cajun, Country, Blues, jack_rose_album.jpgJazz all that stuff… that’s my favorite kind of music.” Rose also pointed to later musicians, such as John Fahey and Robbie Basho, as influences. MORE

WIKIPEDIA: He has recently released two live LPs on Three Lobed Recordings, I Do Play Rock And Roll (2008) and The Black Dirt Sessions (2009), both of which were met with strong critical praise[8][9]. The Wooden Guitar compilation on Locust Music was recently issued on vinyl for the first time ever and almost immediately went out of print. With the exception of his first two CD-R releases, all of his music has been available on vinyl, often in limited editions. His Dr. Ragtime 78, for example, was produced in an edition of only 6 copies, with one selling for $500 as part of a benefit auction on eBay[10]. Some of his more popular releases such as Kensington Blues have been re-pressed on vinyl in open editions. MORE

(Funeral details after the jump)

It is with great sadness that I pass along this information, but I thought most of you would want to know.  If you have not already heard, Jack Rose, masterful guitar player, dear friend and Philadelphia resident, suffered a heart attack on Saturday and passed away at the very young age of 38.

Memorial services will be held here:

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Visitation: 1:00 PM
Service: 2:00 PM

Visitation and services taking place at:
Bringhurst Funeral Home
225 Belmont Avenue
Bala Cynwyd PA 19004

Interment to follow at:
West Laurel Hill Cemetery
215 Belmont Avenue
Bala Cynwyd PA 19004

Please feel free to bring photos of Jack to display during the service.
There will be a Memorial Gathering in Philadelphia on the evening of Saturday December 12, 2009, following the services. Details regarding the Memorial Gathering will be announced here when confirmed.

--David Halstead
National and Tour Publicist

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