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The Passing of a Jazz Stalwart

The Passing of a Jazz Stalwart


It is with heavy hearts RPP FM Management announce the sudden passing of one of the stations longest running radio presenters.

David May presented ‘Mostly Jazz’ at RPP FM from 1986. He was a jazz stalwart at the station.

His program indulged in Mainstream and Modern Jazz, Bebop, Hard Bop, Post Bop, Soul & Grove, Cool Jazz, Piano Trios, Voices – from Minton’s to the here and now.

David doing what he loved

David organized Jazz at the Bowl at The Frankston Bowls Club every 3rd Sunday of the month and invited special guests to perform and record.

Station Manager, Brendon Telfer said, “David’s passing has come as a complete shock and on behalf of the management and the team here want to pass on our thoughts.”

“David’s easy confidence and knowledge of the genre – his wry sense of humour and professionalism, made for an important jazz programme. We enjoyed his music, but more importantly we enjoyed the company of the man.”

After living in England, Japan, the Middle East David settled in Australia in 1982 as an experienced jazz drummer.

His friend Don Smith will put together a special tribute in his regular Wednesday evening time slot from 7:30pm tomorrow (Wednesday, 18 May). He will be joined by Dr Peter Wright and David’s buddy Mark Mayle, who also is a presenter at RPP FM.

Debra Mar Working many years in the corporate world in Melbourne and overseas, Debra found herself in the fashion industry as a designer after studying 3 years at RMIT. She now producers and presenters her own radio program The Breakfast Table every Tuesday 6-9am and writes for a local magazine. With a love of writing and being involved in the community, she has a certain curiosity of what makes people ‘tick’, Debra also writes feature stories and updates details on the RPP FM website.