Magazine article IAJRC Journal

Remembrance of Ed Metz, Sr

Magazine article IAJRC Journal

Remembrance of Ed Metz, Sr

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Pianist-composer-arranger Edward I. Metz, Sr. died peacefully on September 1st, at Lehigh Valley Medical Center in Allentown, Pennsylvania, after a long illness. The musical patriarch of the Metz family was 74. Born in Bath, he was the eldest of the three boys boys born to Irwin and Marie Metz. He attended Central Catholic High School in Allentown, where he met his bride of 52 years, Johanna 'Joey' Kulowitch of Allentown. He attended St. Jospeh's University in Philadelphia, graduating in 1957, then marrying Joey.

As a successful businessman, Ed's work career took him and his family to Warminster, Pennsylvania; Ann Arbor, Michigan; and then Montville, New Jersey, in 1976, where they remained active residents in Montville's Lake Valhalla Community for 30 years until moving to Buck Hill Falls in 2005, where they had spent their summers. Their Winters were spent in Hutchinson Island, Florida.

Ed served as the leader and arranger for the Bob Crosby Bobcats from 1991 until his death. His two sons, Ed Jr. (drums) and Tim (bass) played regularly with the Bobcats. Ed's piano playing can be heard on more than 20 albums. His deep and truest passion came in the form of writing and arranging. In all, Ed penned an astounding 500 songs.

Ed's musical legacy will be carried on by his loving wife Joey, a talented vocalist; two brothers, John of Pocono Manor and Thomas of Philadelphia; his three talented sons, Ed Jr. of Altamonte Springs, FL., Timothy of Boonton, NJ, and Michael of Montclair, NJ, their wives and seven gifted grandchildren.

I am not sure when I first met Ed, but we became fast friends. We would meet at Arbors Records March of Jazz and their International Invitational Piano Jazz Party. We would also meet at the Suncoast Dixieland Jazz Festival. We always had some good conversations about jazz and the Bobcats. Ed was extremely knowledgeable about the original Bobcats. His tune listing for the Bobcats was an astounding 11 pages!

The Metz family is a loving tight knit family. I had occasion to hear the whole family gig at Ed, Jr's. wedding in 2003 - and what a set they played!

Ed was a member of the IAJRC and, when the David Goldenberg IAJRC Archive was established at Rutgers University, and I asked him to become the official Archivist. …

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