Magazine article IAJRC Journal

Preserving Our Legacy

Magazine article IAJRC Journal

Preserving Our Legacy

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Just what should this mean to us? According to the dictionary, legacy, figuratively, is something that has been handed down from a predecessor.

Since 1964, those with a passion for jazz have fulfilled the IAJRC mission through their collections, research, publication, reviews, communication, gatherings, and support. They have stood on the shoulders of giants before them and forged new paths through inquiry and innovations of their own. Reading through the last Journal, each of these quests leapt from the pages.

In addition to the many fine contributions in that issue, I was also struck by our losses...members who had passed during the year. Of the sixteen, Mick and I knew just one...Mike Montgomery, and he will be irreplaceable. He imparted his knowledge of jazz, particularly as it related to sheet music and piano rolls, through publications, presentations, and to any requesting individual. For a number of years he worked with a public school's primary students to present a program in which he played and they sang early Berlin songs, about which he dutifully educated them about their historical significance. Barely a week passed without a phone call or visit to listen to a newly acquired roll, sheet or recording. Driving together to MJRC meetings and an IAJRC Convention afforded us even more exposure to his vast encyclopedic recall of musical data. …

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