Jed Moss, brilliant musician, caring spouse, and cherished friend, died Sunday, June 23rd at the age of 57 after a recent diagnosis of Gastric Adenocarcinoma. Jed was born in Twin Falls, Idaho on March 20, 1962 and was raised in Jerome, Idaho where he graduated from Jerome High School. He studied piano performance at Whitworth University and the University of Utah. His piano teachers included Georgia Blastock and Gladys Gladstone Rosenberg.
As a young boy, Jed displayed an amazing affinity for music. His parents scraped their money together and bought him a piano and lessons, and he became a prolific pianist. It would be nearly impossible to list all of the orchestras, chamber ensembles, and musical groups with whom he performed. Career highlights included his 14 years as a keyboardist and backup vocalist for Air Supply. In 2015, he performed with Alfie Boe for Prince Charles & the Duchess of Cornwall. Jed was also frequently featured as a solo artist for Ballet West, and he performed on more than 40 commercial recordings with various artists. Jed especially valued the role he played collaborating with others. He performed in recitals with famous artists from all over the world, but also generously devoted his time to supporting and mentoring young musicians. Jed recently wrote that he loved “bonding musically and philosophically with others to expose the heart, brilliance and ultimate potential of both the music and the performer.” He believed that when we work “in a collective, we attain the greatest heights.”
Jed had a contagious smile and laugh, and was unselfish to a fault! Everyone felt they were Jed’s favorite person, because he genuinely made them feel that way. He was embarrassingly friendly to strangers, and spontaneous, with a childlike naivete that was charming and
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He loved traveling the world, biking, hiking, soaking in the sun and visiting family in Moab with Daniel. The right lighting was important to him whether it was at the piano, around the house or the campsite, and his sweet tooth was legendary. He loved animals, and had a truly special bond with his dog Milo, who would often sit under the piano while Jed played.
Jed is predeceased by his parents Ray and Joyce Bennett Moss and brother Jan (Valerie). He is survived by his life partner and husband Daniel Bentley and vast extended family. There will be a celebration of life at 6:30 and memorial concert at 7:30 on August 4th at Libby Gardner Concert Hall, 1375 President’s Circle, Salt Lake City. In lieu of flowers, donations are welcome to the “Jed Moss Fund” at www.gofundme.com/jed-moss-memorial-and-medical-expenses, to be used for medical expenses.
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Jed Moss was a fantastic pianist for Air Supply and he was a good friend to me on here and in person I have a lot of pictures of him I will miss him deeply may he RIP about me Iam in a nursing home for good it is called dresher hill the phone number is 215 643 0600 room 109 bed 1 who ever wants to contact me that was jess friend also
For the longest time, I couldn't come up with words. At all. Even now, they aren't adequate. I'm shocked and broken-hearted that I will never see Jed's smile again....or hear the sound of him playing the piano. Although his marriage to my sister in the late 1980's ended, our friendship never did. I loved him like a real brother...one that I never got to see as much as I wanted to. He made the world a better place, and his memory will live on in all our hearts. I doubt he ever truly knew the impact he had on everyone who knew him. Dan, I hold your heart in mine and hope that you'll soon be able to smile at your memories together. Your years with him were such a gift.
I am beyond heartbroken at the loss of you, my friend. I remember sharing meals with you after shows or just hanging out and talking. Our visit to Niagara Falls and the lollipop stealing squirrel we named Peanut will always be amongst my favorite memories. The fact that you were literally minutes away from my home in Oct 2017 and we weren't able to meet up, is now one of my biggest regrets. We still have the candelabra on our mantle and lighting it at the holidays has become a tradition for us. This year when we light it, I will think of you, your smile and your incredible giving heart. Till we meet again, my friend. Love, Cassie.
It took my breath away to learn of your untimely passing. Thanks for your beautiful smile, your kindness, and sweet way about you. We didn’t see you as often as we would have liked, mostly weddings and funerals, but you were always loved and admired. Your talent was something to behold. It put us all in awe. I’ve been in the family for 40 years so I think you were just 16 when I met you in Jerome and I think you played us something on the piano back then.😊 Thanks for sharing your talents so freely with everyone. I have no doubt but you’ll be sharing your all your talents in heaven. Love, Melody Moss
This is so incredibly sad to hear this, It's hard to believe that when Jed was messaging me just a short time ago telling me of the passing of his brother Jan that that would be the last time I would be communicating with my cousin Jed, it makes me tear up right now thinking I won't be seeing him again in this life and see his great smile and reminisce of times when we were young up in Idaho and at Bear Lake. What a great, genuinely loving person he always was and is. Oh and what a talent, his Mom and Dad (My Uncle Ray my Dad's twin brother) were always so proud of Jed and his talents and willingness to share it. Our family was always proud to say we knew and were related to this awesome celebrity. But the best times were sharing the bond there is with family even though it was too long in between those get together's. To think that the last time I was physically with Jed was at Aunt Uleta's funeral when he honored us with his playing and singing some of Aunt Uleta's and my folks favorite music and then eating a meal at Chuck a Rama afterwards and doing some of that great reminiscing would be that last I'd see him and give him a hug. Wow, so hard to believe. As my sister said, say Hi to Uncle Ralph and Aunt Judy for us in heaven after you hug your Mom Dad and Brother of course. Jed you will be missed and this world will miss you and your incredible talent also. Know that we love you. Good-by for now. Love Cousin Cory
Jed, you have touched so many lives with your beautiful spirit, zest for life, and incredible talent! You had the ability to lift and inspire so many musicians, myself included! Thank you for the many cherished musical memories! You will never be forgotten! You have left a legacy that will always be remembered!
Such an incredibly sad thing. Jed you are the sweetest, kindest person. I remember as a child going to Idaho to visit you and your Mom and Dad. Even then I loved listening to you play the piano, I was in awe! Your sweet, gentle disposition and incredible talent will be so missed. Say "hi" to my Mom and Dad, and yours too, what a reunion in heaven it must have been. Till we meet again sweet cousin! Love you
Jed and my brother, John David Reed, were best friends during high school at Jerome, Idaho. John was killed in 1981. Jed played the piano during the funeral service even tho he was grieving and full of sorrow. He had fantastic talent even at 19. May the Lord be with him and keep him safe. He was truly a great man!!
I will never forget how down-to-earth and friendly Jed was. Regardless of the fact that he was famous and a world renowned pianist, he was warm and friendly and always had a smile - even when he was having a bad day. The stars in the heavens are a little less bright with his loss. And the music world has suffered a great loss of passion and talent. My condolences and prayers go out to all of his family and friends.