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 Posted:   Sep 30, 2020 - 7:16 AM   
 By:   Lukas Kendall   (Member)

I am very sorry to report that our friend Jeff Cava died last week. Jeff worked at Universal for many years, and then at Paramount for many more, in what is variously called the tech ops or vault services divisions. He worked on home video restorations and documentaries for numerous classic films, the best-known being 1941 (the expanded edition) and the 2007 restorations of The Godfather and The Godfather, Part II.

Jeff was a film music super fan who went above and beyond to assist with any project he could. He was a fan and reader of Film Score Monthly for many years, which is how I met him. When I moved to L.A. in 1996 he took me out to dinner after work at Universal and regaled me with war stories. Later, when he was at Paramount, he would often be the first person I would call when we were starting on a CD project trying to find the correct film and tape assets. He was, quite simply, a mensch.

He wrote the 2000 episode of Columbo, "Murder With Too Many Notes," in which Billy Connolly plays a film composer who murders his ghostwriter.

Jeff had a ton of great stories. My favorite is when he worked on the 1997 Universal logo redo that was scored by Jerry Goldsmith. Jeff noticed that something was mistimed between the music and the animation which would make it look like the final flourish was scoring the appearance of the tiny copyright notice—not the logo itself. It would provoke confusion or even laughter from the audience. Jeff stuck his neck out to make sure it was fixed, even though it risked making him look like a pain the ass because nobody else seemed to realize it. He was finally given a meeting with Goldsmith and Universal corporate owner Edgar Bronfman (!) to passionately plead his case. Finally it clicked and Goldsmith remarked, "Edgar...the film student is right." Jeff thought it hilarious that Goldsmith would assume, for some reason, that he was a film student!

R.I.P. to a really great guy.


 Posted:   Sep 30, 2020 - 7:37 AM   
 By:   Matt B   (Member)

Very sad news indeed. Rest in peace, Jeff.

 Posted:   Sep 30, 2020 - 7:43 AM   
 By:   nerfTractor   (Member)

Thanks for sharing a few memories, Lukas. Jeff sounds like the kind of guy whose memoirs would be great reading for all of us. I’m very sorry that you lost a friend.

 Posted:   Sep 30, 2020 - 8:37 AM   
 By:   JThree   (Member)

For Jeff's family and friends, I am sorry.


 Posted:   Sep 30, 2020 - 1:22 PM   
 By:   Niall from Ireland   (Member)

Very sorry to hear this Lukas. Saying a prayer now for Jeff, and his family and friends. May Jeff rest in peace.

 Posted:   Mar 4, 2021 - 1:36 PM   
 By:   Lukas Kendall   (Member)

Hello All—

The family of our late friend Jeff Cava (see above, I'm also posting this on the Trading Post) is looking to find good homes for Jeff's significant collection of soundtrack CDs (also DVDs, books, magazines and other collectibles). While they'd like to get fair market value, they're really interested in seeing that the albums end up with people who appreciate them.

Is there a collector/dealer, ideally one reasonably close to North Hollywood, who might be interested in taking on the collection to sell it off, on a consignment basis?

If you reach out to Jeff's sister, Liz Cava, she can send you spreadsheets of materials to review. Fair warning: there is nothing super rare in the collection—but there are numerous quality titles. Contact:


Lukas Kendall

 Posted:   Mar 4, 2021 - 1:53 PM   
 By:   Justin Boggan   (Member)

R.I.P. score hero.

 Posted:   Mar 4, 2021 - 2:04 PM   
 By:   Zooba   (Member)

Condolences to you Lukas and to Jeff's Family, Friends and Colleagues. Rest in Peace Jeff and thank you for all the work you did for what we all love so much.

 Posted:   Mar 4, 2021 - 2:12 PM   
 By:   shureman   (Member)

Condolences to his family and friends....

 Posted:   Mar 4, 2021 - 2:22 PM   
 By:   Traveling Matt   (Member)

Sorry to hear this sad news. Out of curiosity, did Jeff contribute to any of the Star Trek expansions or TV releases?

 Posted:   Mar 4, 2021 - 2:55 PM   
 By:   judy the hutt   (Member)

the death of a composer/musician is always sad for me


 Posted:   Mar 4, 2021 - 3:36 PM   
 By:   Lukas Kendall   (Member)

Sorry to hear this sad news. Out of curiosity, did Jeff contribute to any of the Star Trek expansions or TV releases?

I remember he helped us when we were researching the master tapes for the feature film expanded CDs.


 Posted:   Mar 4, 2021 - 4:04 PM   
 By:   On the Score   (Member)

So Sorry. I remember him as a cool guy

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