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5:46PM

STAN ROSS - PLAYS "Lil' Darlin" - A Neal Hefti Composition

The friendship between Stan Ross, Buddy Savitt and Dennis Sandole through the years was a special sharing of inspiration, Jazz techniques and musical knowledge always remembered. -

STAN ROSS - Born and raised in the South Philadelphia section of "The City Of Brotherly Love" also known as "South Philly" . . . is a small community of various ethnic groups. In the past from this area, many singers, performers, actors, comedians and jazz musicians have emerged. Because this area being a close-knit community, neighbors living on the same block and even from surrounding areas would often stop by during a rehearsal to encourage the young musicians and performers to follow their ambitions. Tenor saxophonist Charlie Ventura, jazz violinist Joe Venuti, his cousin guitarist Joe Sgro, clarinetist Buddy DeFranco, guitarist Eddie Lang, trombonist Willie Dennis who later married singer\actress Morgana King, pianist Elliot Lawrence plus many vocalists including jazz pianist Buddy Greco and many others all have a part of the - "South Philly" environment ingrained in their warm character and personality.

 As composer NEAL HEFTI won two Grammy awards for his composition work on Atomic Basie including "Li'l Darlin," "Splanky," and "Teddy the Toad." The success of the album had Count Basie and Neal Hefti in the studio six months later making another album.

 

 

 

10:45PM

EARL BOSTIC - Favorite Recordings - Flamingo - Harlem Nocturne

Earl Bostic
Born April 25, 1913 - Tulsa, OK   Died October 28, 1965 - Rochester, NY
Being most proficient on the piano, organ, guitar, trumpet and all reed instruments made him a prolific musician, who’s love for the alto saxophone gained him prominence in the world of jazz.
His creative ability of composition and arranging developed a unique sound known as the “Bostic Style," using vibes, bass, guitar, drums, and piano as a background for his lyrical approach of playing. He was always able to connect to his listening audience a sense of happy music to be enjoyed at every performance.
John Coltrane, Stanley Turrentine, Jimmy Cobb, Benny Golson and Blue Mitchell graduated from his band with a better understanding of what jazz is all about.

 

In a recent conversation with my friend Johnny Saint; he reflected upon a

brief casual meeting on a summer day back in the early '60s, that we had with Earl Bostic on Pacific Avenue in Wildwood, NJ. Johnny mentioned to Earl that his wife Evelyn always enjoyed the recording of his arrangement of 

 "Harlem Nocturne."

 

                                                                                     

 

 

3:55AM

TONY ANGELO - A MEMORIAM FOR A FRIEND & COLLEAGUE

 

Born: September 29, 1944

Died: March 30, 2014

Tony Angelo (aka) Angelo Cibotti – was a talented entertainer and musician from the South Philadelphia section of the “City of Brotherly Love.” 

Tony . . . as everyone knew him shared the entertainment stages of many major showrooms & bandstands from the East and West coast throughout the USA in addition to International showrooms of Canada and El San Juan, Puerto Rico.

He was an excellent Saxophonist that played alto, tenor, baritone plus clarinet. His performing career in music of more than 40 years consisted as a sideman, leader of small combos that shared the Las Vegas marquees of Caesars’ Palace, MGM Grand which included "Kirby Stone and Company, Pat Gallo Revue," and various other headline performers throughout the 1950’s to 1980’s. During this time in his career gave him the opportunity to be associated with many other musicians, lounge performers that included Louis Prima and Sam Butera & the Witnesses, Freddie Bell & the Bellboys and others. He also operated a successful talent agency that provided bookings for other musicians and entertainers on the East coast.

My friendship with Tony began in the late 1970’s. Throughout our many conversations, it was brought to my attention that we were basically from the same section of South Philly and had many mutual friends in the music business. We often discussed and reflected upon the many nightclubs in the Philadelphia area such as: Palumbo’s Supper Club owned by Frank Palumbo, the original Latin Casino, Club 13 and The Earle Theater that featured “Live” Big Bands of the decades also The Famous "500 Club" owned by our mutual friend Paul ‘Skinny’ D’Amato plus other venues throughout the Delaware Valley and other major cities.

Searching my archives I was able to locate an unreleased video recording of his last performance with “The Angel & Angelo Revue with Andy Angel, trumpet and Tony Angelo sax. This was a vocal duet tribute segment of their show featuring a Louis Prima Medley, featuring their musical swing arrangement of favorite popular standard songs. “It had to be you” – When Your Smiling” – “Pennies from Heaven” – “Oh Marie.”

Sharing this short video clip in remembrance to his musical talent as a saxophonist,

I believe Tony was a true professional. 

 

A huge part of Tony Angelo’s life was helping others especially children, to learn about music and what the difference it can make in their lives.  I lieu of flowers and mass cards, any donations would be welcomed in Tony Angelo ( a.k.a. ) Angelo Cibotti’s name.

His favorite charity is the Music Department of Assumption Regional Catholic School for the advancement of helping children learn about music.


Address for donations:

ARCS ( Assumption Regional Catholic School ) 

146 South Pitney Road

Galloway, NJ 08205

Attn: Cathy Flammer

*Checks made out to ARCS*

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              The Services will be on:  Sunday May 25th, 2014

1pm to 2 pm Visitation.  2pm to 3pm Services. 

                                             Wimberg Funeral Home  -  Galloway, NJ 08205     

 

3:32AM

Joe Fortunato - Memorable Tribute to a friend

Joe Fortunato was a Jazz legend in the Philadelphia music scene for over 70 years. A true Gentleman of Jazz. His contribution to Jazz has always lived-up to the old standard song title cliché

“It Don’t Mean a Thing . . . If It Ain’t Got That Swing.”

Joe was Born: May 5, 1930 and died of natural causes on October 28, 2011.

He was born and raised in South Philadelphia area "The City of Brotherly Love" along with other notable musicians within this close-knit neighborhood part of town. Joe also had a friendly relationship with another jazz saxophonist who was a few years older; his name was Charlie Ventura, and his brothers Benny and Ernie Ventura, who also were musicians within a small radius of city blocks of South Philadelphia.

Joe’s inspiration to Jazz and Big Band music was when he listened to a late night disc jockey on WIBG-AM a Philadelphia station hosted by Doug Arthur when he played a recording by tenor saxophonist Coleman Hawkins’ classic jazz rendition of the popular song “Body and Soul.”

Video includes a duet live recording of "Body & Soul" by Joe Fortunato and his friend jazz guitarist Lou Gagliardi.   

 

                             


6:21PM

LIV WARFIELD - TV Performance - "New Power Generation Hornz"

http://www.arseniohall.com/video/music-performances/4269_Liv_Warfield_Performs_Soul_Lifted/index.html

It was brought to my attention by another retired close-friend & colleague regarding a young singer named LIV WARFIELD.

After tuning in to The Arsenio Hall late night show at 11:00pm March 6, 2014 and viewing her YouTube videos, I found her showcased performance on The Arsenio Hall show was electrifying with an exceptional background band consisting with a brass section of trumpets, trombones, and a full saxophone section featuring two baritone saxes plus a driving rhythm section named the New Power Generation Hornz and her band The Black Birds.


While Prince was appearing as a guest on the show, he brought a special artist with him, Liv Warfield.

Her rendition of “Soul Lifted” was a special moment for the audience to view her exciting soulful performance. 

 In addition, I definitely would like to acknowledge the featured Tenor Sax man – (Keith Anderson) whose name was also bought to my attention; playing the instrumental introduction to her voice. His big sound along with his stage presence and soulful approach to the saxophone style is reminiscent of sharing the bandstand with many musician friends & vocalists during my career as a saxophonist.

It is my pleasure to share this link for your enjoyment.

http://www.arseniohall.com/video/music-performances/4269_Liv_Warfield_Performs_Soul_Lifted/index.html