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 disarming.
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 Bennettt 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 and memorial concert on August 4th with an open house beginning at 6:30, concert at 7:00, 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.