About this Event
Saint Peter's Church in Midtown Manhattan has been the site of many memorials and celebrations-of-life for jazz musicians throughout the decades. Please join us for a celebration of the life and legacy of saxophonist Ronnie Cuber on October 16.
Featuring many guest musicians with whom Ronnie played over the course of his career. There will be a lite reception after the concert program.
Ronald Edward Cuber (December 25, 1941 – October 7, 2022) was an American jazz saxophonist. He also played in Latin, pop, rock, and blues sessions. In addition to his primary instrument, baritone sax, he played tenor sax, soprano sax, clarinet, and flute, the latter on an album by Eddie Palmieri as well as on his own recordings.
As a leader, Cuber was known for hard bop and Latin jazz. As a side man, he had played with B. B. King, Paul Simon, and Eric Clapton. Cuber can be heard on Freeze Frame by the J. Geils Band, and one of his most spirited performances is on Dr. Lonnie Smith's 1970 Blue Note album Drives. He was also a member of the Saturday Night Live Band.
Ronnie was in Marshall Brown's Newport Youth Band in 1959, where he switched from tenor to baritone sax. His first notable work was with Slide Hampton (1962) and Maynard Ferguson (1963–1965). Then from 1966 to 1967, he worked with George Benson. He was also a member of the Lee Konitz nonet from 1977 to 1979.
Ronnie played with Frank Zappa on the live album Zappa in New York, which was recorded in 1976. He was a member of the Mingus Big Band from its inception in the early 1990 until his death. He was an off-screen musician for the movie "Across the Universe."
This memorial is organized and funded by Roberta Arnold, Jazz Foundation of America, and Saint Peter's Church.
The memorial begins at 6:30 p.m. and runs for two hours. There will be a reception with light refreshments from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Event Venue & Nearby Stays
Saint Peter's Church, 619 Lexington Avenue, New York, United States