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Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Oct 26th, 2016 Diane Moser's Composers Big Band Annual Peace Concert and Tribute to Daniel Pearl World Music Days

Since 2011, Diane Moser’s Composers Big Band has presented a peace concert in the month of October as part of the Daniel Pearl World Music Days. Daniel Pearl, from Princeton, NJ and later Los Angeles, CA, was the Wall Street Journal reporter who was kidnapped and murdered by terrorists in Pakistan February 22, 2002. Following his murder, Danny’s family and friends established the Daniel Pearl Foundation to carry on his legacy, using music and words to address the root causes of the hatred that took his life, with an entire month of worldwide “Harmony for Humanity” concerts. A classically trained violinist and an avid mandolin and guitar player (whether it be classical, rock, bluegrass or jazz), Danny used his passion for music to form friendships across cultural divides; he connected musical groups the world over, through every community that he lived in.
We dedicate this concert to all peoples, reminding us of the principles by which Danny lived, the universal power of music and our shared humanity.
For more information on the Daniel Pearl Foundation please go to http://www.danielpearl.org

We have amazing guest composers for this evening: Cynthia Hilts , Allison McKenzie, 
Charlie Dougherty, and Caleb Rumley..who has been composing special pieces for our last 2 peace concerts, and has composed another beautiful composition entitled "Pearl".  We also have amazing music from our resident composers: Marty Fogel, Matt Haviland, Rob Henke, Rob Middleton, Erick Storckman, Ed Xiques and yours truly.

Sets are 8PM & 10PM
Tickets $20
Trumpets Jazz Club
6 Depot Square
Montclair, NJ 07043


Monday, October 26, 2015

Diane's having surgery 10/27

Early last week, Diane had surgery to deal with blood clots in her legs. The operation was a success, but now there's a problem with the incision. So tomorrow, Oct. 27, she's going to have plastic surgery on the incision and may need a skin graft, so please send healing thoughts her way. Please give her a couple of days before you call to check in. Diane appreciates your interest and concern, so stay in touch through email, FB posts and the like. I'll post updates here as I get them. Diane had a lot of questions for her doctors about whether anything she was doing may have triggered the problem. They didn't seem to think that her activity level--driving, swimming, lifting, gigging, etc.--had anything to do with the clots. I saw her on Saturday, and though she was in pain Diane seemed to be in pretty good spirits. I even heard that famous laugh a few times. Keep her in your thoughts and send good wishes her way! Thanks!

Friday, July 17, 2015

Send healing thoughts Diane's way

Pianist/composer Diane Moser had unexpected surgery July 3rd to clear arterial blockage in her left leg. She had several procedures to alleviate the blockage, followed by a week of physical therapy at a rehab center. She's mending now, but please continue to send healing thoughts her way. Contact Diane through Facebook, PM, email, texts or snail mail, but please keep phone contact minimal for now. She needs to rest and recuperate. Because of the surgery, Diane had to cancel her July 5 gig at the Cornelia Street Cafe. That was one of the toughest parts of this ordeal, especially since the date had earned mentions in the NY Times, Hot House and elsewhere. She was so disappointed that she didn't get to play, it was one of the first things she mentioned when coming out of anesthesia. The July 29 Diane Moser's Composers Big Band gig at Trumpets has been canceled too, also disappointing as it was her birthday gig and she had a lot of great material lined up. Let's hope both gigs will be rescheduled when she's securely back on her feet. In the meantime, send good thoughts Diane's way, and keep an eye on this site for more info on her recuperation, upcoming gigs and events, and all things D-Mo.

Thursday, June 4, 2015

John Curry Memorial Concert June 13, 2015 6PM-10PM

In December of 2008, my young friend Johnny Curry was murdered in his apartment in Troy, New York.

Johnny was a talented violist and just an all around wonderful soul. You can tell by this photograph and his big smile, that he made everyone smile whenever he was around. 
At the time of his death, he was a student at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and had just finished his last final for the semester and was gathering up his stuff to come home for Chirstmas. The investigation into his death is still ongoing, but it's pretty clear that someone had broken into his apartment, trying to rob him, and he was shot. 
Johnny was one of those people that if you needed a hand in something, he was there to help. I remember him coming to one of my gigs in NYC, and he volunteered to carry the drummer's massive "trap case" down several flights of stairs and onto the street. That case was so heavy, and Johnny just picked it up like it was a picnic basket. 

I also remember the hundreds of conversations we had on music. He was constantly checking out new music and new ideas. One night I took him to a concert at the new music performance space "Roulette" in NYC, to hear the innovative pianist Michael Harrison. Michael uses "just intonation", or pure tuning, the universal foundation for harmony which is constructed from musical intervals of perfect mathematical proportions as in the days of Pythagoras. He has a special way of tuning the piano to achieve this. As Johnny and I sat and listened, we immediately looked at each other after the first few notes were played, with that "what is that sound" look. But after a few minutes, it sounded completely normal, and magical. When we got back in the car to drive home, we were listening to some music on the radio, and again, our ears were in shock, we had to turn the radio off, we wanted to stay in the "just intonation" mode for the ride home. We talked all the way home about Pythagoras, Music of the Spheres, where does music come from, it was a really wonderful night.

Since his death, his family, friends and the orchestra that he played in, The Northern New Jersey Youth Symphony, has held a concert in his memory, and created the John F. Curry 3 Music Fund to support orchestra participation and the purchase of instruments for deserving young musicians. 
The Program:The evening begins at 6:00 with solo performances (my son and I will play on this segment of the program) and small ensembles. Students of the CHAMPS NJSO program, directed by Michelle Hatcher will perform:Pachelbel, Beethoven Lullaby, and Bile em' Cabbage. There is  a break for dinner at 7PM, provided by Johnny's family and firends, and a time for sharing memories of Johnny. At 8 p.m., the Northern New Jersey Youth Orchestra  with alumni and friends, directed by Todd Van Beveren, will perform the Bach Concerto for Violin and Oboe, St. Paul's Suite by Holst and Elgar's Elegy.
For the concert in 2011, the Curry family gave me recordings that Johnny had made of his compositional sketches, music he was composing for his mother. From those sketches I created a solo piano piece which you can see and hear, here. This year, my son, Chad Moser will join me on bass, playing those sketches.

Refreshments are served before, during and after the event, hosted by family and friends. These are not ordinary refreshments, but tables and tables of hor s d'oeuvres, entrees and desserts, with lots of beverages, and everyone talking and laughing and remembering Johnny.

The concert is open to the public, so please come and enjoy the music, and the fellowship.
These young musicians are wonderful, and many of Johnny's teachers perform with them side by side.

John F. Curry 3 Memorial Concert
Saturday, June 13
Congregation Church
 176 Cooper Ave
Upper Montclair, NJ 07043 
a $10 donation is requested

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Mark Dresser Quintet: Nourishments

Mark Dresser Quintet: Nourishments

Just letting everyone know that my dear friend Mark Dresser has a new cd out! Above you'll find a link to a wonderful review on "All About Jazz" by Robert Bush.
I haven't heard the recording yet, but I did hear the group live and they were fantastic.

Here's the info from Clean Feed....

A singularly accomplished bass innovator in the fields of jazz, free improvisation and new music, Mark Dresser has devoted himself in recent years to pushing the capacities of solo bass performance even further. In “Nourishments,” his first quintet recording in almost two decades, he shifts his attention back to another longtime creative commitment, ensemble exploration with a team of master improvisers possessing unmistakable sounds. Featuring Rudresh Mahanthappa, Michael Dessen, Denman Maroney, and, in turns, Tom Rainey or Michael Sarin--all leaders in their own right and players deeply versed in Dresser’s music--the quintet delves headlong into his richly suggestive compositions. More than anything, Dresser creates vehicles for beautifully modulated interaction via counterpoint, cyclical organization, timbre sculpting, and all the unexpected combinations of pitch and noise or meter and texture. He developed several pieces with trombonist Michael Dessen while they were in different cities through telematics, fiber optic-facilitated remote performances that have opened up new astounding new possibilities for international collaborations. By whatever means, “Nourishments” is the work of artists who connect musically, emotionally and intellectually with unusual power and grace. This is it!

Sunday, March 10, 2013

4th Year Anniversary of Cancer Surgery

Today is my 4th year anniversary of my cancer surgery. On this day I went into Englewood Hospital at around 7AM, accompanied by my son. Rev Carolyn Keith, my dear friend Karin O'Connell and my son's friend (also mine) James White. What followed you can read on this blog, but for the important part I will quote my wonderful oncologist Dr Forte who said "you walked into the hospital in stage IV cancer, and you left in stage 0"!
Once again, I want to thank everyone for your support then and the support that you continue to give me! You have all played a part in my recovery and my return to the music..I will be forever grateful to all of you.

I've already started the celebrations!
Part 1
I just made my mother's famous recipe called "No Bake Cookies" which are now called the "It's You Cookies". We call them that because as I was making them during the Thanksgiving Holiday in 2002, a tune came into my head, complete with lyrics...which I now call "It's You". I recorded it in December of 2002 with the soulful singer Marguerita Page, drummer Duncan Moore, bassist Rob Thorsen, guitarist Peter Sprague and percussionist Will Parsons, and it is on my new cd "Diane Moser WDMO". The cd will soon be up on my website and CDBaby, but in the meantime you can go to....http://dianemoser.bandcamp.com/
These are super easy to make and are sooooo delicious!
here's the recipe...

“It’s You” Cookies
1 cup coconut
3 cups quick-cooking oatmeal
3 tablespoons cocoa
1 stick oleo or butter
2 cups white sugar
½ cup milk
6 oz. package chocolate chips
1 teaspoon vanilla
Mix coconut, oatmeal and cocoa in large mixing bowl. Melt oleo in medium pan, add sugar and milk. Cook, stirring, but do not boil. Add chocolate chips, stir; add vanilla. Pour over dry ingredients, stir, then drop spoonfuls on wax paper, put in refrigerator for 20 mins or so. Adapted from Ardith Moser’s No-Bake Cookies recipe
Part 2
I get to perform with 2 of my favorite musicians tonight, bassist Andy Eulau and drummer Scott Neumann on a concert at Luna Stage Theater Co. in West Orange, NJ in a tribute to my former teacher, the amazing Jaki Byard. I've written about my experiences with Jaki on my new website...http://dianemosermusic.com/2013/02/09/diane-moser-trio-tribute-to-jaki-byard/
There are a few posts about Jaki here on Flipped Kitty as well, look at the June 2012 archives and the 2 pieces about my big band performing his charts.
Meanwhile, a cool piece of news that I spotted this week
"Study Strengthens Case for Surgery After Imatinib Therapy for GIST-Nearly Double the Progression-Free Survival When Surgery Is Performed"

Of course, I did it the other way around, we had to get that 13 lb. tumor out, but I've been on 400 mg of Gleevec daily for almost 4 years now and am NED! There are side effects, and all of us on Gleevec have become quite creative in dealling with them..which we happily do because it is keeping us cancer free.

Enjoy the music...enjoy the cookies!
much love to you all,


Monday, January 21, 2013

4 years ago today....

....while watching the historic Presidential Inauguration of our nation's first African-American president, Barack H. Obama...I received a phone call from the Jazz Foundation of America, telling me that they had found an oncologist who would work with me and the hospital where I would get my biopsy....that doctor was Dr Francis A. Forte and the hospital was Englewood Hospital, in Englewood, NJ....and I continue to see him every 3 months and continue to have cat scans done at Englewood Hospital.

This photo comes from an article about Dr. Forte and the Dizzy Gillespie Memorial Fund (Dr. Forte was Dizzy's doc!), written by my dear friend and fabulous writer Carla Baranaukas, and you can read her article here.

My visits with Dr Forte are more than about my health...we talk a lot about music! Dr Forte is a guitarist and writes cd reviews for various publications. I feel so lucky to have a doctor that I can talk to, outside of health issues..but to have an ongoing dialogue about music and the life of a musician. On my recent visit with him a few weeks ago...which I might add..everything is A.O.K (except for the weight gain..partly my fault..partly side effects of Gleevec)...he said "we have to find a way for musicians to make a decent living...to assist them in their projects...to make sure they are getting paid for all of their hard work!" Here, here Dr. Forte!!!

Dr.  Forte also funds Jazz performances in the lobby of Englewood Hospital, which I gotta tell you is something I look forward to every time I visit.  On days I have cat scans appointments, and on coming down from radiology, I'll hear the music as soon as I step off the elevator. Many times I see Ron Naspo on bass, Bob DeBenedette on piano, and Fred Stoll on drums...playing softly, but swinging!! Sometimes I stay and have lunch with them, bonus!

Other times, I'll see Calvin Hill or Lisle Atkinson on bass, and Richard Wyands on piano. Here is a photo of Calvin, Richard, guitarist Roni Ben Hur with Dr. Forte in the lobby of the hospital, and an accompanying article on The Dizzy Gillespie Memorial Fund.

So as I started watching the inauguration today, I had to come to this blog so that I could express my deepest gratitude to all of you for your help and support and prayers for rescuing me in my darkest time of need, and assisting me in my recovery. It sounds cliche, but not a day goes by that I don't give thanks to all of you, you are always on my mind and in my heart.

I also made a donation to the Jazz Foundation of America just now, and if you feel so moved to do so, I know they would greatly appreciate that. The JFA helps all musicians who are in need of medical help, financial help...recovery from the devastation of Hurricane Sandy and Hurricane Katrina...food..or just someone to talk to. You can visit their website here.