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STAN ROSS - SAXOPHONIST ***SPOTLIGHT PERFORMANCE #2

-"I remember the first time I heard Stan Ross playing the Saxophone" 
It was back in the early 1970s at a Jam Session in South Jersey. The place was Schilligs Black Horse Farms Restaurant and Cocktail Lounge. This place was not only well-known for their food menu but also for the entertainment provided by  recording star Billy Duke & His Dukes  this house-band also featured name celebrities that always stopped-in to perform and take part of the entertainment. – Billy Duke (aka Bill Tesone) he and his brother Jazz bassist Ace Tesone were native South Philadelphians that played the entertainment circuit on both the East & West Coasts and Las Vegas. 
On the bandstand one evening, that was located behind a Large Bar in the cocktail Lounge section of the establishment. A jam session was taken place with various guest musicians from the Delaware Valley. Joe Fortunato who was the lead tenor sax man with Billy Duke’s six-pc combo invited me to sit-in to take part and play in a Jam Session for the attending large crowd that was requesting a sax- battle between the saxophone players.  While we played a swingin’ rendition of Lionel Hampton’s Flyin’ Home – Joe Fortunato invited another young sax man from the audience . . . his name was Stan Ross.  Stan came-up on the bandstand and joined us playing and swingin’ the familiar jazz standards that generated a crowd reaction from all the patrons who were sitting three deep at the bar.  
I was very impressed at Stan’s style of playing and professional manner in being a true Gentleman musician.  Joe Fortunato, Stan Ross myself and other members of the band spoke in conversation about the music business until the early hours of the morning. During our conversation’s Stan mentioned that the first time he heard Stan Getz who played with creativity and fluency of a tenor sax sound that was pure and clean. We all became friends and played again from time to time. There were times when our instruments needed repair. We would pay a visit to our mutual friend George Sarkis known as “The Doctor Of Horns” this gave us opportunity to meet other friends that included Ray Hyman . . . Ray was a friend that was responsible for the invention of “The Ray Hyman Saxophone Strap” which was distributed worldwide and used by the majority of leading saxophonists throughout the world. 
George Sarkis was like a father to Stan; while spending time in George's quaint shop waiting for the instrument repairs to be completed.   One day Sonny Stitt walked in with his alto sax repairs. He needed the instrument to be in excellent playing condition for his engagement at the SHOWBOAT Jazz Club. During the time George needed to make the repairs, Stan Ross and Sonny Stitt went next door to the (Musician’s Union – Local 77) for a quick lunch. 
   It was in 1972 – I had just returned from working on a road engagement in Florida. During this time, I was spending much time in Atlantic City with a Jazz trio that I formed which included drummer Pete Marsico and a young organist George Mesterhazy. While we were playing the various Atlantic City cocktail lounges and accumulated a large following of friends & music lovers. The idea was formulated . . . this production was to be our rendition of a saxophone jam session.  I called Stan Ross and distinctly wanted him to be part of a production “The Battle of the Saxes” which also would feature Joe Fortunato and our friend saxophonist Ray Fern. Stan agreed, and a special friendly relationship and bond of four local Philadelphia tenor sax men was the beginning of “The Philadelphia Four Brothers”

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"Keeping Mainstream & Straight Ahead JAZZ Alive"

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