Michael Cogswell of the Louis Armstrong House Museum has just told us that the memorial service for Joe Muranyi will take place on Tuesday, May 29, 2012, from 7-10 PM. It will be held at St. Peter’s Church, 619 Lexington Avenue at 54th Street, in New York City. I will provide more details when I know them.
I will have just come back from the Sacramento Music Festival, but I am sure that some JAZZ LIVES readers will be at the memorial service — to honor Joe, to hear good music, and to enjoy his presence through anecdotes and more.
Thanks to the fine swinging Tamas Itzes for the Hungarian farewell-from-the-heart. And here’s a musical embrace — from Joe, for Joe:
This sweet, sad rendition of NEW ORLEANS features Joe with one of my favorite bands, the Scandinavian Rhythm Boys: Robert Hansson, trumpet; Frans Sjostrom, bass sax; Ole Olsen, string bass; Michael Boving, banjo / vocal. It was recorded in 2009 by one of my generous-spirited video comrades, Flemming Thorbye.
Goodbye, Joe! We celebrate you.
May your happiness increase.