A public memorial celebrating the life of Carl Goldfarb will be held at Greenwich House in the West Village on Wednesday, November 15. A beloved member of the jazz community for many decades, Carl died peacefully in his sleep on September 11. Carl was a passionate jazz fan who worked as a volunteer for Greenwich House, Arts for Arts, Jazz at Lincoln Center, and other jazz organizations. He was a friend and supporter of many musicians, some of whom will perform at Greenwich House.
Born in Peabody, Massachusetts, Carl did undergraduate studies at New York University in the late 1960s, where his passion for jazz was stirred by a course in jazz appreciation (while preparing for his final exam he tested his roommates’ patience by loudly playing a recording John Coltrane’s Ascensions six times in a row). Carl subsequently studied bass with Jimmy Garrison and also took sax lessons from Clifford Jordan. Besides jazz, his other passions included sports, literature, foreign films, cannabis, and fine wine (he was an expert oenophile).
In the early 1970s, Carl pursued graduate studies under renowned historian George Dangerfield at UCLA Santa Barbara. Although he graduated with a Master’s Degree in American History, he spent most of his professional life working as an accountant. A resident of the Lower East Side since the mid-1970s, Carl was also a community activist who fought against gentrification and the proliferation of noisy bars and clubs on his Orchard Street block.
Carl Goldfarb was a valued and beloved member of his community, and will be missed by his many friends and the countless musicians he followed and supported over the years.