Monday, August 31, 2009

Joe Maneri, RIP

I was sad to read of Joe Maneri's death. One of the godfathers of the improvisational jazz scene, Maneri has been pushing boundaries for 60 years. His influence is at least as much in his teaching as his music, as he mentored such greats as Marty Ehrlich, Eyvind Kang, John Medeski, and Matthew Shipp. He also fathered the great violinist Mat Maneri. A real loss.