[JPL] Light In The Window Tribute: Joel Dorn

TomtheJazzman 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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