Amos Kaune, Legendary Jazz Club Owner, dies at 80 yrs old
(Published: February 07, 2012)
Amos A. Kaune, 80, of Clifton, passed away on Saturday, February 4, 2012.
Born in Passaic, Mr. Kaune resided in Clifton for many years. He was the proprietor of the Clifton Tap Room in Clifton,Nj (1960's) and Gulliver's in West Paterson, Kid McCoy's in Clifton and Gulliver's in Lincoln Park.(through the 1980's)
He gave his all to support jazz in NJ for many years. Everyone played his clubs - Wayne Shorter, Sonny Rollins, Phil Woods, the Heath Brothers - Coltrane sent him Roy Haynes- everybody. In 2007, the New Jersey Jazz Society honored Amos at the annual Pee Wee Russell Memorial Stomp.
Amos respected the music and he insisted his patrons do the same. One night, he made a sign with a marking pencil and posted it at the door " You have to be quiet or you will have to leave and your music charge will not be refunded" . A few weeks later, someone mentioned they'd seen his sign, near the door at a club in Boston. Turns out that Jaki Bayard had made a copy of the sign and put it up wherever he was playing.
He inspired Sam Jones to compose "One for Amos" aka "Blues for Amos" and Jack Reilly to compose "Minor Your Own Amos".
Viewings are Wed Feb 8th and the Funeral is on Thursday Feb 9th
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