Ronnie Cuber, the American baritone saxophonist dies at 80

Ronnie Cuber, the American baritone saxophonist dies at 80

American baritone saxophonist, Ronnie Cuber Primarily known as a traditional jazz musician, also performs in Latin sessions and has appeared on numerous pop, rock, and rhythm & blues recordings as an in-demand sideman passed away on October 7 at the age of 80. Let’s see what happened, how did Ronnie Cuber die, and his cause of death in detail.


How did Ronnie Cuber die?

American pianist Eddie Palmieri a good friend of Ronnie Cuber confirmed the passing on his official Facebook page. The message reads,

In memory of my dear friend Ronnie Cuber who just passed away, he was truly one of a kind. Known mostly for his musicianship on the baritone saxophone his contributions to an eclectic array of musical recordings span over 60 years. Ronnie delivered tasteful phrases on my album Harlem River Drive and his solo on Coast to Coast is one that epitomizes the type of range Ronnie always carried as a remarkable session player. He is one of those people who will forever live in my heart and the memories we shared on the bandstand and in the studios will always be cherished. Thank you, Ronnie, may your spirit roam free and be blessed! #RonnieCuber


Musical Career

Cuber is a pioneer of hard bop and Latin jazz. He has performed as a sideman for B. B. King, Paul Simon, and Eric Clapton. The J. Geils Band’s Freeze Frame features Cuber, while Dr. Lonnie Smith’s Drives from the 1970 Blue Note label features one of his most energetic performances. He played with the Saturday Night Live Band as well.

In 1959, Cuber moved from the tenor to the baritone sax while playing in Marshall Brown’s Newport Youth Band. With Slide Hampton and Maynard Ferguson, he produced some of his earliest notable works. After that, Cuber collaborated with George Benson from 1966 until 1967. From 1977 to 1979, he was a member of the Lee Konitz nonet as well.

In the middle of the 1970s, he can be heard performing in Frank Zappa’s band, especially on the album Zappa in New York. He joined the Mingus Big Band at its formation in the early 1990s and remained a member until his passing. He played music for the film Across the Universe off-screen.


Ronnie Cuber Cause of death

Ronnie Cuber’s cause of death has not been officially reported. No reports of the illnesses or conditions Ronnies Cuber is known for, either.

According to a few online reports, the saxophonist passed away naturally given his age. Still, information from reliable and trustworthy websites is needed to confirm his cause of death.

Medico topics have been trying to reach out to the family and relatives for comment on the incident. So far no responses have been received. We will update the page once enough information is available. More information on Ronnie Cuber cause of death will be added soon.


Tributes to Ronnie Cuber

Michael Möhring posted,

Sometimes coincidence can come as a nasty surprise … Just got the sad news from a reliable source, that baritone saxophone legend RONNIE CUBER passed today on Oct. 8, the (heavenly) birthday of his idol PEPPER “The Knife” ADAMS (photo, right). Two of the very best I know of this hard-to-play instrument. Cuber has recorded with many high-profile musicians like the early George Benson, Dr. Lonnie Smith, the Gadd Gang, and numerous CTI recording sessions to name just a few … His last session was a big band recording with Steve Gadd early this year … R.I.P. Ronnie Cuber

Michael S. Doyle posted,

R.I.P. jazz baritone sax legend Ronnie Cuber He was one of the baritone sax players who had a huge influence on me musically and was always very kind to me. Thank you for pushing the music forward Ronnie.

Greg Shatan posted,

RIP Ronnie Cuber. I’m shocked and saddened. I took lessons with him in high school, before I even played bari sax. He was always an inspiration. Very cool guy and a smokin’ bari player. One of the best of the best.

Hernán Jay Rodriguez posted,

I just saw someone post that Our Big brother Ronnie Cuber was called home. It saddens me. One of the greatest of all time. Again makes me wonder what kind of band they are curating up there in the sky.
Play on Ronnie!

Mat Schumer posted,

So sad to learn of Ronnie Cuber’s passing. Has to be my single greatest musical influence. RIP Ronnie. Gonna leave this video here if you wanna check out one of the most swinging bari sax solos over rhythm changes ever.



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