I’ve met the effervescent Nancie Beaven only once in person, but through a long cyber-correspondence we have become the best of friends. It’s not only because of the music, but she has an indefatigable graciousness and grace. I count myself lucky to know her!
But I never thought that Nancie would become one of the many (unpaid) JAZZ LIVES roving correspondents.
When we all learned of Joe Muranyi’s death, Nancie sent me these candid shots of Joe, playing with Jon Seiger’s All-Stars at the Hot Steamed Jazz Festival — either 2008 or 2009 with among others, bassist Lynn Eberhardt and drummer Russ Debona . . .
Imagine that sound.
As you can hear Louis say on concert recordings, “Come on, Joe!”
We miss Josephus!
Thank you, Joe Muranyi. Thank you, Nancie Beaven.
May your happiness increase.