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Paul Pincus (1918-2005), z"l

Paul Pincus and friend, by Bob BlacksbergPaul Pincus was a wonderful saxophone player that I came to know through his work in recent years with the Epstein Brothers. He also tutored my stepson, Ari Fertig, at KlezKanada one year. He was an amazing musican, a great teacher, and a delightful human being. Henry Sapoznik writes:

Our dear friend clarinetist/sax player Paul Pincus died last night in the wake of a stroke. He was about to be released to home care when his heart failed. He was 87.

I spoke to him a few days ago and he was his usually funny, upbeat and sweet dispositioned self. And despite his illness, terribly excited about coming to this year's KlezKamp.

They didn't get any greater than Paul Pincus.

The funeral is being held tomorrow. Monday, October 24 at 11 am at
Bloomfield Cooper Jewish Funeral Chapel
44 Burke Street
Burke Street & Wilson Avenue (Rt. 527)
Manalapan, NJ 07726

You many send condolences to Paul's family in care of his sister
Harriet Nemeth
26 Linsey Circle
Old Bridge, NJ 08857

Photo by Bob Blacksberg


What a special privilege it has been to meet, study and perform with Paul even if only the past three years at KlezKamp. Add a few hours of lessons at his home in Old Bridge, some pictures and video, and I have memories to treasure for a lifetime.


There are no words which will ever adequately describe my feelings for Paul Pincus. Thanks to Klez Kamp, I have had the incredible honor and pleasure to rub shoulders with Paul and Howie Leess, two of the finest Jewish musicians ever to put a horn to their mouths. While Howie, and now Paul, will be sadly and fondly missed by many, without question, they have left a huge mark on Jewish and Klezmer music, the stuff that is in our soul. Like Bob Blacksberg, I have many special memories of Paul playing, joking, talking, and teaching in his own special way. But, what I will miss most is his humanity, his gentle and humorous take on life, itself. He was a pearl in our ocean and he will be sorely and tenderly missed!

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