Looking forward to Wednesday October 9, 2013, as we present our annual Peace Concert! This year we will be paying tribute to the legendary Jazz Club proprietor Amos Kaune, Arts Editor for the Montclair Times Joan Finn and journalist and violinist, Daniel Pearl.
To all of us in the New Jersey Jazz community, and to many Jazz musicians and audience members around the world, Amos Kaune was a true friend and tireless advocate for Jazz music. Amos passed away on February 4, 2012, at the age of 80.
He left behind a legacy of having owned 4 Jazz clubs in New Jersey; the Clifton Tap Room in Clifton, Gulliver’s in West Paterson, Kid McCoy’s in Clifton and Gulliver’s in Lincoln Park, as well as booking acts for Trumpets Jazz Club in Montclair. In 2007 he was awarded a special commendation from the New Jersey Jazz Society at the Pee Wee Russell Stomp as a pioneering Jazz club owner, and for all of his work in the Jazz community.
To honor Amos, we are premiering a new arrangement of the Sam Jones’s tune “One For Amos” by composer/arranger Mike Kaplan. We will also perform three Jaki Byard big band arrangements: “Bright Moments” composed by Rahsaan Roland Kirk (former East Orange, NJ resident and collaborator with Jaki Byard), as well as Jaki’s tunes “One Note For My Wife” and his beautiful ballad “Aluminum Baby”. Jaki was a frequent performer at Amos’s club, Gulliver’s, and also my former teacher when I attended the Manhattan School of Music Masters in Jazz program.
One night when Jaki was playing at Gulliver’s, he noticed that Amos made a sign with a marking pencil and posted it at the door ” You have to be quiet or you will have to leave and your music charge will not be refunded”. A few weeks later, someone mentioned they’d seen this sign, near the door at a club in Boston. It was Jaki who had made a copy of the sign and put it up at the Boston club and wherever he was playing. We paid tribute to Jaki Byard in June of 2012, playing charts that had not been played since Jaki’s death in February of 1999. Those charts came from former Byard Big Band member John Sergenian. Also in that band, was our very own Ed Xiques!
Joan Finn,the Arts and Entertainment Editor of the Montclair Times,passed away on Friday, Sept 6, 2013, she was 82. Joan was a “force” on the arts scene, bringing artists together, and making sure our voices were heard. She was incredibly supportive of the big band and all of my projects. I had so many wonderful conversations with Joan, talking about art news from the area, sharing ideas for projects and many times just to talk. Our Peace Concerts and dedication to Daniel Pearl World Music Days were always special to her, so we salute Joan, her passion for the arts and her support for the artist community with this concert.
Daniel Pearl was a journalist for the Wall Street Journal and a talented violinist, fiddler and mandolin player who joined musical groups in every community in which he lived, leaving behind a long trail of musician-friends spanning the entire world. In 2002 he was kidnapped and murdered at the hands of extremists in Karachi, Pakistan. In response to that terrible tragedy, Danny’s family and friends came together to work towards a more humane world, forming the Daniel Pearl Foundation. The mission of the Foundation is to promote cross-cultural understanding through journalism, music, and innovative communications. The Daniel Pearl World Music Days was created to celebrate Danny’s October 10th birthday using the universal language of music to encourage fellowship across cultures and build a platform for “Harmony for Humanity.” Since 2002, Daniel Pearl World Music Days has grown to include the participation of more than 10,000 performances in 129 countries.
We dedicate our Peace Concert to the memory of Amos, Joan and Daniel, and to the belief that through music we can heal and uplift our souls, bringing harmony to humanity, and peace to us all.
Press:“Montclair pianist Diane Moser says, put a little peace in your heart”, Gwen Orel, Montclair Times 10/02/2013