The Cosmopolitan Review
Yvonne Delaney Mitchell | 11/28/2013, 6 a.m.
Also there to give three cheers was Howell Jones, who, along with good friend Williams (Williams is talented and a very nice guy; he has a lot of friends), has formed the “Nate and How do 100” club. Basing their activities upon Time Out magazine’s list of the most popular 100 places to go around the city, Williams and Jones try to visit all the 100 places together. What fun.
Condolences on the passing of Kermit Moore, a cellist and composer who passed away at the age of 84. A pioneer in his field, Moore possessed a skill and deep understanding of the instrument that he mastered. He often played solo on some of the world’s leading concert stages, offering dozens of contemporary pieces where other cellists might only have at most one or two pieces. He collaborated with other jazz musicians, such as pianist McCoy Tyner and bassist Ron Carter.
As a conductor, he could be seen at the podium leading the Brooklyn Philharmonic, the Detroit Symphony, the Berkeley Symphony and Opera Ebony. Amidst this, he still found time to form the Symphony of the New World, an ensemble put together by Moore in New York in 1964, allowing women and minorities the opportunity to perform in a symphony orchestra.
Moore’s ability to play jazz stretched across the spectrum, as he was just as comfortable playing classical works. To that end, he was also the founder and conductor of the Classical Heritage Ensemble, which specialized in playing rarely performed classical works. The list of Moore’s accomplishments go on and on.
Moore was born in Akron, Ohio, and his middle name, Diton, was in honor of the African-American composer Carl Diton. Moore studied at Julliard, New York University and at the Conservatoire de Paris. Moore is counted among one of the very few Black cellists in the United States to have held prestigious solo positions, but that loftiness didn’t keep him from coming back to his roots, as he also once taught at Harlem School of the Arts. He is survived by his wife, who is also a composer, and his sister, Mary Moore Nelson, a pianist.
Congratulations to Thelma Dye, executive director and CEO of Northside Center for Child Development, who was recently honored by the Nassau County of Jack and Jill at their 55th anniversary gala, held at the Carlyle on the Green in Long Island.
Check out Cecil’s Restaurant, located on the corner of 118th Street and St. Nicholas Avenue. Formerly known as the hotel where the musicians stayed after playing a gig at Minton’s, which is still located around the corner, the restaurant boasts chef Alexander Smalls, a good friend of the late Bill Freeman. It looks very cozy from the outside; it’s my guess its even cozier on the inside.
Happy Thanksgiving to all, and don’t forget to count your blessings.
Until next week … kisses