I just learned yesterday of the death of Philadelphia-based jazz fan Caren Brodsky, someone deeply in love with the music. She died in her sleep on January 31.

Caren loved the hot jazz of the Twenties and the swing of the Thirties and Forties; her heroes were Marty Grosz and Vince Giordano. I believe I first met her at a Jazz at Chautauqua weekend. I am grieved that she left us so young.

Somehow, this sweet adieu — a farewell, for now — seems the right music.

The song is I HATE TO LEAVE YOU NOW (our man Thomas Waller, with lyrics by Harry Link and Dorothy Dick), played with great sweetness by John Sheridan, with a rapt audience at the 2013 Jazz at Chautauqua (now the Allegheny Jazz Party) on September 20, 2013:

Two choruses, a key change, and an extended ending, conjuring up a beautiful world in under three minutes.

The unseen musical figure here is Louis, who recorded this lovely song in 1932.  Click here and be transported, thanks to Louis, Chick Webb, Mezz Mezzrow, and Ricky Riccardi.

Caren was a true enthusiast.  I post this in her honor, and send my sorrow to her husband Chris and her family.

Friends and family will be celebrating Caren’s life at Goldsteins’ Rosenberg’s Raphael Sacks memorial chapel, at 310 Second Street Pike, Southhampton, Pennsylvania 18966. It will be conducted on Sunday, February 9 at 3 pm.  Memorial contributions can be made to House Rabbit Society, Southeastern Pennsylvania and Delaware Chapter, 478 East Ayres Street, Newport DE 19084-2503, or Little Furries Rescue & Referral, 154 Newton Street, Browns Mills NJ 08015.

Caren, we will miss you.

3 responses to “FOR CAREN BRODSKY, A SMALL SWING ADIEU: JOHN SHERIDAN, SOLO (September 20, 2013)

  1. Michael, thank you so much for posting this beautiful tribute to one of the kindest, most generous fans of jazz I have ever known. Caren and Chris would trek for hours sometimes to get into NYC to hear the Nighthawks play. Caren would always have some sort of treat for the band members…peaches, apples, candies…and she would be gone before all the guys could say thank you. Her passing is truly a shock, and I, and all musicians she touched with her warmth, will miss her dearly. She lives on in my heart.

  2. A beautiful tribute to a beautiful woman. Thank you!

  3. This is a wonderful tribute. I feel so blessed to have known Caren. She introduced my family to this world of jazz. Taking my children to many concerts and treating us to the CDs of her favorite musicians. Everything she loved she loved with a great passion. It was the same with her love of animals, especially rabbits. She will be greatly missed.

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