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                                      In a recent Skype conversation I had with my friend Stan Ross 

. . .We often talked about and reflected upon his close friend’s
  saxophonist Buddy Savitt and jazz guitarist Dennis Sandole
BUDDY SAVITTSince I had the opportunity in meeting Buddy Savitt at one time               or another, ironically,   Buddy happened to be a related cousin to John & Evelyn Fiedler  (aka. Johnny Saint and his wife Evelyn)
Johnny Saint was my close friend and the leader\drummer of a popular recording vocal & instrumental group called "THE UNIQUE JOYRIDERS" which toured internationally during the 1960s & 1970s.
During this time, I had the opportunity to share the bandstand as a member of the unit replacing the vacant spot when the very talented saxophonist and friend Bobby Borda who was in the process of forming his Top-40 combo to travel the entertainment circuit on the East Coast. 
Stan Ross, Johnny Saint and I talked about Buddy Savitt and the many popular recordings of Cameo/Parkway Records. As a sideman, Buddy’s tenor sax solos on a majority of the top singles highlighted eachClick For Sample Billboard Chart hit recordings that included Chubby Checker, Dee Dee Sharp, Bobby Rydell and many other hit recordings of the era.   
   - 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. -
South Philadelphia, 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. 
Click for SampleA family relative Cousin of mine, was guitarist Joe Morabito; we also, often spokeJOE SGRO about two of his friends from the same South Philadelphia neighborhood. Jazz guitarists Dennis Sandole and Joe Sgro both known for their musical teaching techniques for the guitar and Jazz improvisation.
Joe Morabito and his brother Rocco formed a popular commercial five-piece combo named “THE TOWNSMEN” which featured many vocal & instrumental renditions of top songs that were favorites of their large following within the Delaware Valley area. Members of this unit were Anthony (Corkey) Borasso-bass Joe Gilletta-drums Rocco Morabito-keyboard plus . . .Joe Sgro’s Brother Pat Sgro guitarist & arranger
              for all their musical compositions.
               Also saxophonist Joe Rotelle would appear on many occasions.
There were many times, that musicians and vocalists would stop-by to sit-in and join a late night jam session. The discussions after hours at the club or at the all-night Melrose Diner would continue to early daylight and reflect upon the many experiences each shared in the music business.  The nightclubs in the South Philly & Center City area such as; The Venus Lounge, Palumbos Restaurant, Broadway Theatrical Lounge, Latin Casino, Club 13 were the places where musicians would congregate.  In addition, many of the South Jersey venues there was – The Dreamland Club, Loretta’s Hi-Hat, Whipppoorwill Club, and Wilcox’s Cafe all located within “The Lawnside Music District” on Rt.30 White Horse Pike.  The Cherry Hill area on Rt. 70 was another entertainment section of venues, LaMania’s Cocktail Lounge was next door to The Latin Casino Theater.  A short driving distance Andy’s Log Cabin Restaurant and The Honey Dew Club were some of the places . . . that it was possible; where on a nightly basis you were able to experience a line-up of many Jazz musicians that included Joe Fortunato, Larry McKenna, Johnny Belmont , Henry Ceccola, Red Rodney, Charlie Ventura and his brother Benny plus Buddy Savitt. These jam sessions lasted until the closing hour of 3:00am in the morning.  
Stan Ross has given me the opportunity to share some brief unforgettable nostalgic moments from his career and personal memorabilia archives of a jazz musician.


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