Joe Fortunato was a Jazz legend in the Philadelphia music scene for over 70 years. 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.”
I have received many requests for a recording of a popular song from
The American Songbook entitled “Gone with the Wind."
>> May 5, 1930 - October 28, 2011 <<
As a Memorial Tribute . . . the sharing of this recording by Joe Fortunato exemplifies his soulful approach to the tenor saxophone. Recorded in the early 1970s at a Philadelphia studio was never released publicly but was always requested at every club date and live performance from Joe Fortunato.
"Gone With The Wind"
Joe Fortunato & Friends
Richie Baratta, piano – Played with many visiting musicians who worked as sidemen with the big bands of Woody Herman, Benny Goodman, and Gene Krupa during the early sixties while they were performing in the Philadelphia area . His friendship with Stan Getz, Gerry Mulligan opened many doors to record with other prominent artists.
Henry Ceccola, bass – As boyhood friends, he and tenor saxophonist Charlie Ventura started playing music at a young age in Philadelphia. Throughout these years he also became friends with Red Rodney, Gene Krupa and singer/pianist Buddy Greco.During the sixties he recorded as a sideman on various independent record labels.
Mike Anthony, drums – Performed with many R&B combos that worked the lounges of Las Vegas during the 1950s. After returning the Philadelphia area, he formed his own combo called “The Sultans.” This group was featured at many leading night-spots in the Philadelphia surrounding areas.