The Composers Big Band performs a benefit concert for its leader, Diane Moser, at Trumpets Jazz Club in Montclair NJ on May 11

My Dear friend and colleague Pianist, composer and bandleader Diane Moser has recently been diagnosed with a rare form of cancer and undergone surgery to remove a tumor. Diane is a wonderful person and musician and has been a real inspiratinon to me and many other musicians. On May 11 I'll be honored to play with her band for a fundraiser to help defray the enormous costs of her treatment and recovery, (emphassis here on recovery!). Here is the information. I hope we can get a lot of people there. It will be a great evening musically and a real opportunity to do something good to help a fantastic person. Here's the info: 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 (see below). Now she faces a new challenge, as she recovers from a rare form of cancer, in form of a gastrointestinal stromal tumor or GIST. Moser has always been the first to help out artists who need help in paying onerous medical expenses. Now her big band gets to return the favor, with a special benefit concert on May 11 at Trumpets Jazz Club in Montclair, NJ. The performance will reflect the many sides of Diane Moser, most notably the joy that is a trademark of her music and life Diane Moser’s Composers Big Band is a17-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.” A Celebration and Fundraiser for Diane Moser, featuring her Composers Big Band Monday, May 11th - 7:30 PM Trumpets Jazz Club 6 Depot Sq. Montclair, NJ 07042 973-774-2600 Cover charge $10, donations encouraged! Guest artists will include: Jim McNeely, Howard Johnson, Nicki Denner, Oliver Lake, Mike Kaplan, Russ Vines and others

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