Our subject is the fellow on the right. The fellow on the right you know.
He’s now at the Dewitt Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, Room 1110, 211 East 79th Street, New York, New York 10075. The phone is Joe’s room is 212-671-6026, and Dewitt’s web site: http://www.dewittnh.com
Michael Cogswell, Joe’s friend, says that he knows Joe would love to have visitors, and I just got off the phone with Joe — to check whether phone calls were OK, and he said they were.
And in case the name “Joe Muranyi” is new to you, all I can say is “Hey. Where you been?” His associates? Louis Armstrong — who called him “Joe Ma-Rainey” and “Josephus,” Roy Eldridge, who depended on him . . . my friends the Scandinavian Rhythm Boys, the Classic Jazz Quartet (with Dick Wellstood, Marty Grosz, and Dick Wellstood), and recordings dating back to the late Forties. He’s the clarinetist on WASHINGTON SQUARE with the Village Stompers.
And if that doesn’t do it for you, this might — Joe with the SRB performing SOME OF THESE DAYS:
And a very moving performance of SONNY BOY with the Benko Dixieland Band in Budapest — which shows Joe’s great heart and his deep knowledge of what Louis had to teach us:
I know that love — sent in person, by mail, or through the telephone — speeds healing. Be sure to check the time zone if you’re out of New York, and remember that someone who is under medical supervision no longer keeps jazzman’s hours . . . but you can still do your part!