Louis Armstrong All Stars Joe Muranyi dies
Hungarian-born Joe Muranyi, the last jazz clarinetist of Louis Armstrong’s All Stars group, has died din New York at the age of 84.
Born to Hungarian parents in Ohio, Muranyi performed with almost all big names in classical jazz and reached the top of his career playing with Armstrong’s All Starts in 1967-1971. Joe made many recordings with Louis in his years with the band.
He worked on a book about his close friend, „Satchmo”, the manuscripts of which are in his home, together with a pile of LPs, books and other handwritten documents that tell many stories that only Joe Muranyi knew.
As he maintained close ties with the founders of the Louis Armstrong House Museum in Corona, Queens (NY), they are likely to be placed with the museum.
He moved with his family to New York in the 1940s where he was a regular visitor in jazz clubs and played for hours every day.
Muranyi, who spoke fluent Hungarian, returned to his parents’ homeland on a regular basis from the 1990s.
He launched the Louis Armstrong Jazz Festival in the village of Bank, northeast of Budapest, where a statute of Armstrong, Hungary’s only memorial to he jazz legend, stands.
He last time returned to attend the Bank festival in 2009, in the next year he was diagnosed with cancer and could only be present saying a couple of sentences by phone.
Joe Muranyi died on April 20.