I never thought that I would be making this post.
Moses Boquiren, a drummer, contemp jazz aficionado, photographer, and friend to many, has passed away suddenly.
To rewind the clock a little bit, to the Oasis cancellation and to Lemonade Weekend that had sprung from that, I remember Moses’s posts. I know – online only, not the same as knowing someone in person. Perhaps so, but Moses struck me as a very upbeat, never-say-never personality. He always had a cheerful word to say, and love his family to bits. He was a husband, father, and grandfather.
I never got the chance to meet him in person. When Oasis bombed, and Lemonade had sprung up, I was knocked out of commission by a bout of bronchitis that made air travel an impossible proposition. I missed out on getting to know Moze in person.
This month has been particularly harsh for the jazz world in general. Jeff Golub lost his sight. Marc Antoine has undergone one of two heart surgeries. And, though you may not have known this aside from a passing Facebook announcement, but Bonny B of Spyro Gyra had also had a major health scare. And now, the jazz world has lost one of their own.
If you are of a religious inclination, say a short prayer for the Boquiren family. If you would like to help them with funeral costs, you may so do by finding Faith Boquiren Nieves on Facebook – Moses’s daughter – and asking for more info. I am stone-broke for the next while, but I will find a way to contribute, even a small amount.
To Moses: I’m sorry I hadn’t met you in person. Have fun at the grand ol’ jam session in the sky; Grover and George always welcome another one to their nights in the clouds. One day, I will watch that show.
Requiescat in pace, friend.
From Marissa Caliguire:
Funeral service information for Moses Boquiren: Visitation on Wednesday, August 3, 2pm – 9pm and Thursday, August 4, 1 pm – 5 pm. Service immediately following at 5 pm. Location: Voran Funeral Home, 23701 Ford Rd, Dearborn, MI.
Please make it if you can.