40 South News readers invited to Ray Kennedy memorial

Jazz pianist and Maplewood native Ray Kennedy, died May 28 after a battle with multiple sclerosis, St. Louis Jazz Notes reported. Kennedy’s sister, Wanda Kennedy Kuntz, has invited readers of 40 South News to a service for Kennedy on Wednesday, June 10, 7 p.m. at Salem Evangelical Free Church, 2490 Pohlman Road, Florissant. 

A Celebration of the Life & Music is Ray Kennedy will place July 17 at the Sheldon Concert Hall, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. The show will feature John and Bucky Pizzarelli with Martin Pizzarelli and Konrad Paszkudzi.

MRH grad fights MS: crowdsourcing site helps with costs

Maplewood Richmond Heights graduate of 1975, Ray Kennedy, age 57, once a world-renowned jazz pianist, is fighting multiple sclerosis, and a crowdsourcing website (Youcaring.com) has been set up to raise funds to help his family with his care. Kennedy’s sister, Wanda Kuntz, said he went to New York City in his early 20s, “and never looked back.” Kuntz is a piano teacher in St. Louis. Their parents owned Kennedy Music in Maplewood. Kuntz said Kennedy has been in a nursing home in New York for almost a year.