6 Depot Square
Montclair, NJ 07042
Diane Moser’s Composers Big Band Annual Peace Concert and Tribute to Daniel Pearl World Music Days
Featuring guest composer Caleb Rumley and guest vocalist Allison McKenzie, new works by resident composers Rob Middleton and Dennis Argul
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
Saxes: Ed Xiques ,Rob Middleton, Marty Fogel , Barbara CifellI, Craig Yaremko, Tom Colao
Trombones: Erick Storckman , Ben Williams, Matt Haviland , Dennis Argul
Trumpets: Mike Spengler, Jim Cifelli , Chris Rogers, Rob Henke
Rhythm Section; Diane Moser-piano,Larry Maltz-guitar, Andy Eulau-bass, Scott Neumann-drumsTheir resident composers include:
Dennis Argul, Jim Cifelli, Marty Fogel, Matt Haviland, Rob Henke, Rob Middleton, Diane Moser, Chris Rogers, Erick Storckman,Russ Vines, Ed Xiques, Craig Yaremko
You can always hear jazz big bands that play the classic repertoire, where the music has been. To hear where big band music is going, check out the Composers Big Band.
– George Kanzler – Star Ledger Newark NJ
…big band lives…barroom or church, it’s all the same to this band of musical trail-blazers. Most amazing are the crowds that are flocking to hear [this] new music- a pivotal point if jazz is to survive and grow
– Jim Beckerman – Bergen Record New Jersey
Big, swinging, and Mingus-esque!
– admin – Lurid Culture-Wordpress
…this stellar band is as good as it gets
– Zan Stewart – Star Ledger Newark NJ