[JPL] Light In The Window Tribute: Joel Dorn
tomthejazzman at embarqmail.com
Fri Aug 15 21:17:00 EDT 2008
I hardly know where to begin talking about a wonderful evening in
tribute to Joel Dorn this past Wednesday evening at Damrosch Park at
Lincoln Center in New York City.
The evening began right on time at 7 PM with Adam Dorn hosting the
event. Adam Dorn did a wonderful job of keeping the flow going all
night without any interruptions or delays with the different performers
getting in their tributes. How about an evening that begins with
Roberta Flack before she had to leave to catch a plane to South
America. There were presentations by Mose Allison, Jane Monheit, Janice
Siegel, Fred Jacob Jazz Project, Cornell Dupree, and Dr. John. The group
Black Heat had not played in 35 years together but felt the love for
Joel that the reassembled to perform. There was also a beautiful solo
by Leslie Mendelson. Hugh Masekala made a surprise visit as did the
Persuasions. There were various testimonials by Adam, Kevin Calaboro,
Dorthann //Kirk, Stewart Levine, and Michael Dorn and other notables
from the music business. In the absence of Aaron Neville Wardell
Quezergue from New Orleans simulated conducting the orchestra to the
arrangement of "Stardust" since the music had been lost.
There were even video clips from Joel talking about signing Roberta
Flack and his conservations with Roland Kirk and Les McCann about her.
When Roland called Joel to tell him about Roberta, Joel naturally asked
what was her name. To this Roland was offended and replied "Colored
Girl" and slammed down the phone. Les McCann a few weeks later told him
her name. Joel even talked about being called by Clint Eastwood looking
for permission to use Roberta's song "First Time Ever I Saw Your Face"
in his first movie "Play Misty For Me." When they told Joel it was
Clint Eastwood on the phone in true Joel fashion Joel thinking it was a
prank said, Hey Clint Baby, I'm on the phone with Winston Churchill can
I call you back. It was the record of the year in 1972 and a Grammy
Winner and a #1 Hit.
There was poetry by Uself Lateef and tributes from Hank Crawford who was
unable to make the date for health reasons. Joel's radio theme had been
"Hard Times" by David Newman.
The evening sadly came to an end after about two and a half hours with
Les McCann performing "Compared To What."
There was a full house in the park and SRO and utter reference
throughout the evening. It was a night to remember. Keep the light on
in the window!
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