Fonds P031 - Maury Kaye fonds

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Maury Kaye fonds

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  • [195-]-[198-] (Creation)
    Kaye, Maury

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5 cm of textual records
1 sound recording

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(March 29, 1932 - February 3, 1983)

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Morris Kronick, better known as Maury Kaye, was born in Montreal on March 29, 1932 and died in Montreal on February 3, 1983. His father was a choirmaster and his sister played piano. He began piano lessons at six years of age. From 1945 to 1949 he studied at the Conservatoire de Musique de Montréal with Arthur Letondal, and then at McGill University. He taught himself trumpet; he also played the clarinet. Kaye conducted bands at the El Morocco cabaret in Montreal from 1952 to 1959. He also led his own band, which played at Dunn's Restaurant. He played trumpet with the ensembles of Steve Garrick and Gilbert “Buck” Lacombe, among others. He accompanied the singers Tony Bennett, Pearl Bailey, Edith Piaf, Sammy Davis Jr., Josephine Baker, and Mel Tormé. His career was interrupted by heroin addiction. He travelled between Montreal and Toronto, playing in the cabaret House of Hambourg, as well as in a Jack Gelber play The Connection (1960-1961). He played with Ron Collier, with studio orchestras, and at the O'Keefe Centre, and accompanied American musicians playing at Bourbon Street cabaret in 1968. Between 1961 and 1963 he led bands in clubs in Montreal, particularly the Playboy Penthouse. From 1970 to 1974 he played in Toronto. Back in Montreal in 1975 he worked with trumpet player Charles Ellison, singer Barbara Reney, and many others, often playing at the Rising Sun. An impetuous bebop pianist and French horn player, he also recorded with Ron Collier for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.

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The Maury Kaye fonds was donated to Concordia University Archives by Gary Schwartz, professor in the Concordia University Music Department, who had played with him. Kaye gave Schwartz his documents in 1981, two years before he died. The fonds was transferred from Concordia University's Records Management and Archives Department to Concordia University Libraries' Special Collections March 15, 2016, April 20, 2016, April 26, 2016, and May 10, 2016.

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The Maury Kaye fonds consists of arrangements done by Maury Kaye in the 1950s and the 1960s, and contains 106 pieces for piano, bass, and drums. The fonds also contains an original 1978 recording featuring Maury Kaye playing some of his hit songs.

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