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Thursday, May 07, 2009

Jazz Fundraisers for Pianist Diane Moser

If you're in the Montclair New Jersey area May 11th, or the San Diego area May 12th, you might be interested in attending a special jazz event that's being held in each of those cities The band leader Diane Moser is recovering from a rare form of cancer, and since Moser has always been the first to help out artists who need help in paying onerous medical expenses, the music community gets to return the favor, with two special benefit concerts. The performances will reflect the many sides of Diane Moser, most notably the joy that is a trademark of her music and life.

Club/Date Info:

Monday, May 11, 8:00 PM
$10 cover, no minimum (full menu)
6 Depot Square
Montclair, New Jersey 07042
Guest artists will include: Jim McNeely, Howard Johnson, Nicki Denner, Oliver Lake, Mike Kaplan, Russ Vines and others.

Tuesday, May 12, 7:00 PM
$20 cover
San Diego Wine & Culinary Center
Harbor Club Towers ground floor
2nd & J Street
San Diego, CA 92169-1990
Guest artists will include: Charles McPherson, Daniel Jackson, Mark Dresser, ESP Quintet, Rob Thorsen, Dave Millard, Mitch Manker, Duncan Moore, Yale Strom, Tripp Sprague, Gunnar Biggs, & more.

About Diane:
Composer, pianist and bandleader Diane Moser has been a leading light in jazz and new music in the New York-New Jersey Area for nearly 20 years. As a writer, she has received acclaim for her compositions, including a prestigious grant by Chamber Music America and a fellowship with the MacDowell Artists Colony. As a pianist, she has appeared with numerous top-flight musicians, such as Charles McPherson, Mark Dresser, and Gerry Hemmingway among others, always lending her singular voice to the music.

As a bandleader she has led numerous groups, most notably her Composers Big Band. Diane Moser’s Composers Big Band is a 17-piece big band formed for the purpose of developing and presenting new music for large ensembles. Presenting monthly concerts since January 1997, the CBB features the music of its resident composers along with guest composers and performers. The range of the featured artists collaborating with the band has been astonishing: Jim McNeely, Oliver Lake, Howard Johnson, Sy Johnson, Matt Wilson, Jackie Cain and Mark Dresser are but of few of the dozens to share the stage with the group. This breadth reflects the musical attitude of Diane Moser, whom the New York Times called “unfazable booster for improvised music.”

More about Diane:

If you can't make the concert, you can donate here: Flipped Kitty in the City

Hope to see you there!


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