Erick Storckman’s “All Hail The Queen” was a crowd favorite that featured several solos at Tuesday night’s memorial concert for Diane Moser. (SHANE PAUL NEIL/FOR MONTCLAIR LOCAL)

Tuesday night, more than 100 musicians, including former members of Diane Moser’s Composers Big Band as well as members of Mark Dresser & Friends, performed at Tierney’s Tavern to honor Moser — the pianist and bandleader who’d long been a staple of Montclair’s music scene and far beyond.

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Diane Moser is seen at at Trumpets on April 3, 2019. KATE ALBRIGHT/FOR MONTCLAIR LOCAL

The concert was initiated by Miki Orr Hatcher, of West Caldwell, a classical violist and close friend of the late musician. It raised funds for the Dizzy Gillespie Memorial Fund, which helped pay some of Moser’s medical costs when she fell ill; the fund supports jazz musicians who are un- and under-insured.

Moser died of cancer and other illnesses late last year. A memorial took place on Zoom in January 2021, but plans for a concert had to be postponed due to COVID-19.

See Shane Paul Neil’s photos of the concert, which also celebrated what would have been Moser’s 64th birthday on July 29, below.




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Audience members packed the house Tuesday, July 27 at Tierney’s Tavern, for a concert to honor the memory of bandleader and pianist Diane Moser. (SHANE PAUL NEIL/FOR MONTCLAIR LOCAL)
Scott Neumann on drums and Matt King on keys Tuesday, July 27 at Tierney’s Tavern, in a concert to honor the memory of bandleader and pianist Diane Moser. (SHANE PAUL NEIL/FOR MONTCLAIR LOCAL)
Larry Maltz on lead guitar Tuesday, July 27 at Tierney’s Tavern, in a concert to honor the memory of bandleader and pianist Diane Moser. (SHANE PAUL NEIL/FOR MONTCLAIR LOCAL)
Erick Storckman served as host and conductor for the evening’s festivities Tuesday, July 27 at Tierney’s Tavern, in a concert to honor the memory of bandleader and pianist Diane Moser. (SHANE PAUL NEIL/FOR MONTCLAIR LOCAL)
Barbara Cifelli performs a solo Tuesday, July 27 at Tierney’s Tavern, in a concert to honor the memory of bandleader and pianist Diane Moser. (SHANE PAUL NEIL/FOR MONTCLAIR LOCAL)
Bill Moring on bass with Matt King on keys Tuesday, July 27 at Tierney’s Tavern, in a concert to honor the memory of bandleader and pianist Diane Moser. (SHANE PAUL NEIL/FOR MONTCLAIR LOCAL)
Scott Neumann on drums Tuesday, July 27 at Tierney’s Tavern, in a concert to honor the memory of bandleader and pianist Diane Moser. (SHANE PAUL NEIL/FOR MONTCLAIR LOCAL)
Musicians gathered Tuesday, July 27 at Tierney’s Tavern, in a concert to honor the memory of bandleader and pianist Diane Moser. (SHANE PAUL NEIL/FOR MONTCLAIR LOCAL)
Musicians gathered Tuesday, July 27 at Tierney’s Tavern, in a concert to honor the memory of bandleader and pianist Diane Moser.
(SHANE PAUL NEIL/FOR MONTCLAIR LOCAL)
Erick Storckman pulled triple duty as emcee, conductor and musician Tuesday, July 27 at Tierney’s Tavern, in a concert to honor the memory of bandleader and pianist Diane Moser. (SHANE PAUL NEIL/FOR MONTCLAIR LOCAL)
Larry Maltz and Bill Moring complement to the horn play Tuesday, July 27 at Tierney’s Tavern, in a concert to honor the memory of bandleader and pianist Diane Moser. (SHANE PAUL NEIL/FOR MONTCLAIR LOCAL)
Despite little to no rehearsal time, Matt King and the other musicians were spot on Tuesday, July 27 at Tierney’s Tavern, in a concert to honor the memory of bandleader and pianist Diane Moser. (SHANE PAUL NEIL/FOR MONTCLAIR LOCAL)
Larry Maltz on lead guitar Tuesday, July 27 at Tierney’s Tavern, in a concert to honor the memory of bandleader and pianist Diane Moser. (SHANE PAUL NEIL/FOR MONTCLAIR LOCAL)
Scott Neumann on drums Tuesday, July 27 at Tierney’s Tavern, in a concert to honor the memory of bandleader and pianist Diane Moser. (SHANE PAUL NEIL/FOR MONTCLAIR LOCAL)
The horn section featured several solos Tuesday, July 27 at Tierney’s Tavern, in a concert to honor the memory of bandleader and pianist Diane Moser. (SHANE PAUL NEIL/FOR MONTCLAIR LOCAL)
Musicians perform one of Diane Moser’s compositions Tuesday, July 27 at Tierney’s Tavern, in a concert to honor the memory of the bandleader and pianist. (SHANE PAUL NEIL/FOR MONTCLAIR LOCAL)