Alan Raymond Javorcky

Born in Cleveland, Ohio on January 7, 1939

Departed on December 31, 2020 and resided in Hendersonville, Tennessee

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Alan Raymond Javorcky, age 81, Hendersonville passed away on Friday. December 31, 2020 in Gallatin, TN. Alan was born in Cleveland, OH and was the son of the late Raymond and Helen McSpadden Javorcky.
Alan is survived by Ronald F. Javorcky (brother), Cynthia G. Javorcky (daughter), Laura K. Brooks (daughter), Rachel L. Garrett (daughter), Brian M. Brooks (grandson), Sarah E. Brooks (granddaughter), Emma C. Garrett (granddaughter), Tracy Garrett (son-in-law). Mr. Javorcky was preceded in death by Rayomnd F. Javorcky (father), Helen McSpadden Javorcky (mother), Joanne Kluck Javorcky (wife). Stanley C. Brooks, Jr (son-in-law).
Growing up in Cleveland Alan attended Lakewood High School and graduated in 1957. On May 27,1960 Alan married his high school sweetheart Joanne Kluck and was married 53 years when she passed away. Mr. Javorcky had a great love for music he attended Baldwin Wallace Conservatory of Music in Berea, Ohio. Alan can best be described as a musician with a day job in the fastener industry. He started jobbing in high school playing with different bands over the years. Alan was a member of the Buddy Morrow Orchestra from 1959-1960 and lead trombonist for the Hermit Club Band from 1962-1983. Mr. Javorcky also was lead trombonist for the Harry Hershey band which was the house band of WBBG big bad radio from 1980-1984. From 1984-2001 Alan was lead trombonist for the Beau Tharp band and the Rory Partin band from 2001-2020.
Mr. Javorcky was also choir director of Parkwood united Church of Christ from 1968-1981. He was a member of the stadium band for the Cleveland Browns from 1976-1980.

In 1960 Alan started working for Standard Oil up until 1963 when he started a new career with National Screw which he worked with for 10 years 1963-1973. Mr. Javorcky worked also with Lake Erie Screw from 1973-1999 while moving to Nashville, Tennessee in 1984. Alan continued working for Lake Erie Screw and did independent sales rep work for several other fastener companies until 1999. He had a great love for history, he was an avid Cleveland Indians fan, and was quick witted.
In lieu of flowers please send contributions to the Helen M. and Raymond F. Javorcky Trombone Scholarship Fund, Baldwin Wallace University Center for Philanthropy 275 Eastland Road Berea, Ohio 44017

10 Comments to Alan Raymond Javorcky

  1. Steve & Loretta Vass
    January 5, 2021 4:48 pm

    We had the pleasure of knowing Al and Joanne both as co-workers and next door neighbors in Lakewood, Ohio. His musician’s discipline carried over to his work at Lake Erie Screw and I remember him as a stickler for detail. Several years ago Al treated us to a night at the Hermit Club where we enjoyed dinner and some great band music. Occasionally he would send me an e mail referring to an instrument, a musician or a noteworthy song. We wish his Daughters Cindy, Laura, and Rachel the best.
    Al was a good neighbor, good co-worker, and a good friend. We will miss him.

    Steve & Loretta Vass

  2. Starr Griffy
    January 5, 2021 10:31 pm

    Rachel, I am sorry to hear about Allen my thoughts are with you. Starr

  3. David Herrera
    January 5, 2021 11:48 pm

    Always respected and admired him. He is missed. Had the best times on the Bo bus with him. Great gigs and always funny off stage. Of course he had the most awesome tone and lyric style of playing lead – he was incredible Another great musician to be remembered.

  4. Molly Amlung
    January 6, 2021 10:57 am

    I am so saddened to hear of Alan’s passing. He was tremendous in my development as a young musician. I received the Javorcky scholarship while a student at BW. Even after leaving school, he would send me recordings of various bands to further enrich my musical studies (all jazz!). I lived in Murfreesboro for a few years and am grateful now that I got to hear him perform live during that time. We have even shared artist recordings via email these past few years. I will surely miss his correspondences. Many condolences to his family.

  5. Jack Strotman
    January 6, 2021 3:51 pm

    It’s hard to lose friends you’ve known for 30 plus years. Especially those you’ve worked with both in the business world and music performance and that was my friendship with Big Al. Even though he wasn’t quite old enough, I began to think of him as a member of the ‘greatest generation’ after Tom Brokaw coined the term. His family values, work ethic and devotion to his friends and fellow man were to be admired. You always knew where you stood with him, right or wrong, and still remain friends; a quality, we as a nation seem to have forgotten. Of course he could be stubborn and unmovable too. That goes with anyone who stands by their convictions. I’m so glad I got to know him and enjoy his friendship. My deepest regrets to his daughters and their families.

  6. Kelli Cox
    January 8, 2021 5:43 pm

    WE loved Al. Greg shared a special relationship with him since they were both trombone players and played together. He would always make us recordings of great instrumentalists to listen to and was always telling us about people that he thought were great people we should know. He was really a throwback to an era of musicians that don’t really exist anymore. May he rest in peace and know he will be missed.

  7. Jeff Phillips
    January 8, 2021 10:08 pm

    Just learned of Al’s passing! Haven’t seen him in years but we played on many a bandstand together in Nashville. So easy to play with, follow and play in tune! Always enjoyed catching up with him when we’d be on a gig together. Peace be with you Al!

  8. Tom Lundberg
    January 9, 2021 10:41 pm

    Al was a colleague and a friend. We played in a variety of settings together in Nashville through the 80’s and 90’s and I only saw him occasionally during this millennium, primarily at Trombone Festivals. He was a great supporter of the International Trombone Association. One great memory that we always reminded each other of was both getting booked on one of the strolling trio gigs at a restaurant in Nashville. Usually it is trombone, reed and guitar / banjo but on this day there were TWO trombones. Well, we had a blast and took turns in the reed role – the 3 hours or so flew by and we laughed about it from that point onward. I was fortunate to be on Al’s short list for mailed recordings – usually CD’s that he burned from his collection. Through his stories as well as the records I learned of his varied and vast experiences growing up and cutting his teeth in the Cleveland music scene, and of the ‘heavies’ there. Thanks, Al, for taking extra time and effort to extend to me. I’ll see you at some point on the other side.

  9. Edwin Miller
    January 11, 2021 9:48 am

    I’m sorry to hear of Al’s passing. I have many memories of working with him in various trombone sections in the 80s and 90s (and a little beyond). It’s hard to imagine someone who has a deeper love of music and trombone in particular. I loved playing with him and hearing him talk about his favorites, especially Carl Fontana and others. The phrase above “musician with a day job” is relatable if a bit understated.. As someone who followed that path, Al is someone I think of as a role model that working a “day job” does not mean compromising either passion or musical excellence. I last saw him in the summer of 2019 at the Jeannie Dennis memorial and I’m grateful for that. I will miss him but am grateful tor the memories of Al, his laugh and sense of humor and his lead playing.

  10. Paul Lawrence
    January 12, 2021 2:41 pm

    Alan and I were good friends since he was in the 2nd and I was in the 6th grade at Roosevelt Elementary School in Lakewood, Ohio. His Dad was also a fine trombonist; he worked for the Post Office at the airport. They played in the Letter Carriers Band and took me with them to rehearsals and concerts. Al was in the first “JAZZ AT THE CON” at Baldwin-Wallace College in 1956. He played in my combo before he went on the road with Buddy Morrow’s band. He was an excellent trombonist with a fantastic memory. We will all miss his musicianship and his friendship.

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