04.24.12 | Dave
Sadly, on Friday April 20th clarinetist Joe Muranyi passed away after a long life and career. He was born in 1928, studied jazz with the legendary Lennie Tristano, and achieved unexpected commercial success in the 1960's playing with the Village Stompers. However, the crown jewel of his career would come in 1967 when he joined Louis Armstrong's band and played as the final clarinetist in his All Stars.
Muranyi also performed with many other notable bands including Roy Eldridge and Lionel Hampton. He will also be remembered as an engaging vocalist, prolific producer, and writer who put his pen into countless liner notes.
He was a wonderful talent and by all accounts a warm human being. If you would like to read a more personal recollection of his life, please read Ricky Riccardi's memoriam here. This recording was from a 2009 record entitled Together in which he collaborated with Lew Green. I feel that this song perfectly encompasses his sound, spirit, and amiable demeanor. I dare you to not smile when you listen to this one. Journey well Joe. Thank you for the music.