I took a few inutes out of my absorption in the Sacramento Music Festival (hooray!) to write this. Tomorrow night, Tuesday, May 29, 2012, I will be at St. Peter’s Church on East 54th Street in New York City . . . to honor and praise our friend Joe Muranyi. (Save two seats down front — the Beloved might be there too!)
Joe was greatly loved by several generations of musicians and jazz scholars for his playing, his wit, his generosity of spirit. As Louis had learned so much from Joe Oliver, Joe Muranyi became this century’s own “Papa Joe” to many. So I encourage you to do homage to the man and his sounds.
But there’s more. Many people will speak about Joe, but there will be music. Appropriately! Among the players: David Ostwald, Mike Burgevin, Marty Grosz, Chuck Folds, Terry Waldo, Scott Robinson, Chuck Wilson, Marty Napoleon, Sal Mosca, maybe a few more. Ricky Riccardi will talk about his friendship with Joe and show two videos of Louis and Joe together. I expect Michael Cogswell will have his own heartfelt memories of Joe.
I hope to see you there.
May your happiness increase.