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TOMORROW (SOMETHING FOR MR. MURANYI) and THE FUTURE (SEPTEMBER IN CLEVELAND)

If you are reading this in the Northeast United States, you might be coming out of a sustained depression caused by several weeks of snow and cold.  It’s all melting, and I feel a thaw in my psyche.  There’s something about seeing the sidewalk that gives me hope.

What better way to celebrate our survival — that we didn’t have to break open the pemmican — than with some free heartfelt jazz coming tomorrow, Monday, March 9, at 7:30 PM, in New York City?

I said free. But you do have to RSVP them. The venue is the JCC in Manhattan, 334 Amsterdam Avenue, New York 10023, and the event is being put on by the Balassi Institute.

Here is the Facebook page for the event.

And here are the details:

FREE AND OPEN FOR THE PUBLIC
RSVP is required

Revisit the music of Louis Armstrong and Joe Murányi as interpreted by the cream of today’s trad jazz scene!
Joe Murányi (1928-2012), affectionately called “Hungarian Joe” by his bandleader, the great Louis Armstrong, was not just a traditional jazz clarinetist extraordinaire, but a record producer, activist and jazz writer. Born to Jewish Hungarian parents, his legacy is a testament to the cultural impact of immigrants of Hungary to the United States.

Joe Murányi was legendary for his skills and his kindness, no wonder that an all-star line-up of traditional jazz players has come together to commemorate him. Performing their tribute only once in New York, catch the great Scott Robinson, US Jazz Ambassador, collaborator on two Grammy-winning albums, Jon-Erik Kellso, Matt Munisteri and Pat O’Leary with Béla Szalóky, standout trombone and trumpet player for the the world renowned Benkó Dixieland Band, one of the several “ambassadors” of Hungarian jazz making a visit to NYC.

The performance is free, seating guaranteed only with RSVP to the Eventbrite page.  (Here is the Eventbrite link.)

You will notice that the band is a version of our beloved EarRegulars, and it is a rare chance to hear them in a concert setting.

I’ll be there, but I take up only one seat — which means there might be room for more of the faithful.

Imagine an interval where the band plays that 1929 pop hit, LIVE FOR TODAY (But Think of Tomorrow).

To think too much of September 2015 would be to rush away the joys of spring and summer to come, but it’s always nice to make plans, to have something rare to look forward to.  So I urge you to make a small space in your thoughts for the second annual Allegheny Jazz Party — taking place September 10-13, at the Inter-Continental Hotel and Conference Center in Cleveland, Ohio.  I was a very happy audience member (and camera-operator) at last year’s event, which was just like the hallowed Jazz at Chautauqua . . . but even better — under the benignly serious guidance of Nancy Griffith and Nancy Hancock.

The musicians? How about Duke Heitger, Jon-Erik Kellso, Randy Reinhart, Andy Schumm, Harry Allen, Dan Block, Ken Peplowski, Scott Robinson, Bill Allred, Dan Barrett, Howard Alden, Marty Grosz, Ehud Asherie, James Dapogny, Mike Greensill, Rossano Sportiello, Jon Burr, Nicki Parrott, Frank Tate, Ricky Malichi, Pete Siers, Hal Smith, Andy Stein, Rebecca Kilgore, Wesla Whitfield, the Faux Frenchmen.  Our friend Phil Atteberry will be giving a morning talk on the music of Cole Porter.

For more information, visit the AJS website, or call 216-956-0886. And if you’re like me — an eager early adopter of such things, the Inter-Continental Cleveland Hotel is at 9801 Carnegie Avenue . . . and there is a special rate of $189 per night plus tax.  (It’s a very comfortable hotel, I assure you.)  Call 855-765-8709 and mention the Allegheny Jazz Party or Group Code YON to receive the special rate.

May your happiness increase!

 

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HELLO, CENTRAL, GIVE ME JOE MURANYI, PLEASE

Our subject is the fellow on the right.  The fellow on the right you know.

The sterling clarinetist / soprano saxophonist / singer / composer Joe Muranyi has had some health issues of late, and has moved house — as the British say — from the Veterans’ Hospital.

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!