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Keep a Light in the Window: An Homage to Joel Dorn

Joel Dorn

At some point during the free Lincoln Center Out of Doors tribute concert to the late jazz and R&B record producer Joel Dorn, his son Adam surveyed the audience. “How many of you knew my dad?” he asked. It seemed as if a third of the estimated 5,000 people in attendance raised their hands, a tribute within a tribute.

Joel Dorn, who died last December at age 65, was that kind of guy: outgoing, affable, a schmoozer of the highest order. He did seemingly know everyone and, in a business custom-built for hustlers, cretins and creeps, Dorn went in the other direction: few of his peers in the music biz were as well liked by so many. And, apparently, he kept in touch with all of them-Adam Dorn counted eight participants at this show alone who mentioned during their stage time that they spoke with him daily.

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