Big Rude Jake was a lyricist, songwriter, singer, musician, and bandleader based in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. His neo-swing style incorporates elements of jazz, Cajun music, and rockabilly. He stepped away from recording and touring for several years, returning in 2009 with a new album.
Jake recorded a fourth album, Live Faust, Die Jung, which was never officially released, as he was badly injured one night after being struck by a taxi. He ‘disappeared’ from the public eye for a while, going into semi-retirement.
Maintaining a lower profile, he focused on honing his ragtime guitar skills and kept composing. In 2007 Rude teamed up with Toronto writer/producer Gary Justice, drawing from an even wider set of musical influences.
His new jump blues-influenced live album Quicksand was released in Sept 2009, funded in large part by fans through the crowdfunding platform, RocketHub.
What is Big Rude Jake’s Cause Of Death?
Jake started experiencing unpleasant health issues in April 2021 and was finally diagnosed with small cell carcinoma of the bladder, a rare and aggressive type of cancer that had spread to other parts of his body.