MURRAY--Albert. Jazz at Lincoln Center mourns the passing of our friend Albert Murray, one of America's great cultural thinkers and one of our original champions. Albert's conceptions are the intellectual foundation of our institution. He spoke eloquently on the significance of American...

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Death is never an easy situation to deal with but just like Jesus referred to his good friend Lazarus as being "asleep" in death. That's the viewpoint that we need to have and we will be able to cope with not only the loss of Mr. Murray, but the loss and grief that we experience when we loose our loved ones.


Several years ago I had the honor of interviewing Mr. Murray at his home. In the midst of our talk he glanced up and pointed across the room at a massive bookshelf lining one wall. "Get that book for me," he said, pointing. Mystified, I walked over and, following his directions, got the book in question and walked back. "Go to page" something, he said. When I got there, he began reciting the words I was reading. He recited the entire page. Mr. Murray later allowed me to...

I am deeply sorry to here about the loss of your loved one. Fortunately though bible speaks about a time when there will be no more pain or suffering.

Grief can be so hard, but our special memories help us cope. Remembering you and your loved one today and always.

Albert Murray was a great American with a creatively academic view of the diverse cultures of this country and a profound appreciation for jazz. I never met him, but I will miss him.

Rev. Melvin R.Baber

May you be in The Book Of Life.