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Jackie Raven: 1951-2002
Jackie Raven
Dancer, poet, lyricist

Born: 1951 in New York
Died: August 19, 2002 in Setauket, New York

Jackie Raven, dancer and poet

Copyright © 2002 


Trombonist Ray Anderson issued the following memoriam to his wife, dancer and poet Jackie Raven:

Poet, lyricist and tap dancer Jackie Raven died peacefully at home on Monday, August 19th, of breast cancer. She was 51.

A primary force in the tap dance revival of the 1970s and 1980s, she promoted Albert Gibson of The Three Chocolateers and performed as one of his Gibson Girls. She also brought back to the public eye, George Hillman, of the Broadway show Black & Blue, and Ralph Brown, once a headliner with The Dizzy Gillespie Big Band.

She was an original member of Brenda Bufalino's American Tap Dance Orchestra and, with Neil Applebaum, co-founded NYC Tapworks in 1982. She toured Europe, the US, and Japan with Tapworks before moving to Setauket, on Long Island, in 1988.

Seventeen tunes with her lyrics have been published and recorded. She was an artistic director of the Oberon Foundation, an arts presenting organization which will publish a book of her poems next year. She was fluent in Japanese, and held a masters degree in linguistics from SUNY Stony Brook.

Ms. Raven taught tap at the Stroud School of Dance for 7 years and was teaching Tap Dance History and Technique at SUNY Stony Brook when she was diagnosed with cancer in 1999.

She is survived by her husband of 22 years, the trombonist Ray Anderson, her daughter, Anabel, 12, and her son, Raven, 16. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Jackie Raven Memorial Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 1400, Smithtown, N.Y., 11787.

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