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JOHNNY SAINT - Tribute To A Friend & Colleague

John Fiedler “Johnny Saint” passed away on November 17, 2014  

Loving Husband of Evelyn (nee Malask). Father of Steven (Patricia), Michael (the late Kathleen), and Daniel (Svetlana). Loving brother of William (Mary) and the late Sr. M. Rosalita CSSF . Devoted “Deeda” of Rebecca, and Alex. Grandfather to Judy (Don) and great-grandfather to Holly, “Poppop” to his many nieces and nephews. Relatives and friends are invited to his Memorial Gathering on Monday November 24, 2014 from 6:30 to 8:30PM at McCafferty Funeral and Cremation Inc. 6711 Frankford Ave. Philadelphia PA. 19135 (between Unruh & Knorr Sts.) 215-624-4200. There will be a prayer Service in the funeral home at 8:30PM. In lieu of flowers please make donations  in John’s Memory to the American Cancer Society 1626 Locust St. Philadelphia PA.19103.

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JOHNNY SAINT (Drummer & Business Manager) Was an excellent musician from Philadelphia who was the backbone of the popular Musical & Vocal recording combo named  "The Unique Joyriders." This group traveled Internationally during the 1950s through the 1970s playing the Golden Oldies, Favorite Vocal Harmony Standard Songs in addition to popular instrumental big band arrangements that were on the Billboard charts. They shared the bandstand opposite many top name recording artists including Lionel Hampton, Joey Dee & The Starliters, The Temptations, Mike Pedicin, Bill Haley & The Comets, The Platters, Bo Diddley and other leading show places and musical lounges plus New Yorks' Famous “Peppermint Lounge." Their recording of “After You’ve Gone” made the Billboard Charts and launched many more appearances performing to SRO audiences throughout the USA & Canada.





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, pianoPlayed 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, drumsPerformed 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.  



 During the Hyatus period of this season. Many visitors to our website have posted many special requests to mention various topics and anecdotes that were reflected within our publication entitled "JAZZ Yesterday, Today Tomorrow."

We have received many requests for "A Walk Down The Corridors Of Jazz" a section that is contained within Chapter 2 of this publication.

This book contains 13 Chapters of many memorable moments of Jazz throughout the past decades from the 1900's to the present.

The state of Texas often remained unrecognized for the many contributions to the Jazz music scene throughout the past decades.

There were many musicians and vocalists that launched their careers from this state during the early days of the 1920’s and 30’s, 1980’s until present times. These four cities Houston, Dallas, Austin, and San Antonio became important to many jazz and blues musicians that gained their notoriety and prominence in the world of Jazz. In today’s music scene each of the cities have attained a variety of styles from small informal clubs to the more elaborate Jazz venues, Blues Bars’ and Restaurants.

The memory of the many legendary musicians that performed in the area during the past will be remembered for many years to come. The legendary musicians and vocalists who have been born and performed within the state of Texas during the past will be remembered for many years to come.


Ernestine Anderson - Vocals, Houston, Tx. -11/11/28
    Teddy Buckner - Trumpet, Sherman, Tx. - 7/16/09 - 9/22/94
         Ernie Caceres - Baritone Sax, Rockport, Tx. -11/22/11 -1/10/71
             Charlie Christian - Guitar, Dallas, Tx. - 7/29/16 -3/2/42
                  Ornette Coleman - Alto Sax, Fort Worth, Tx. - 3/19//20
                       Larry Coryell - Guitar, Galveston, Tx. - 4/2/43
                           King Curtis - Tenor Sax, Forth Worth, Tx. - 2/7/34 - 8/13/71
                                 Kenny Dorham - Trumpet, Fairfield, Tx. - 8/30/24 -12/5/72
                                      Herb Ellis - Guitar, McKinley, Tx. -8/4/21  - 3/28/10
                                           Booker Erving - Tenor Sax, Denison, Tx. -10/31/30 -7/31/70
                                                Herschel Evans - Tenor Sax, Denton, Tx. -1909 -2/9/39
                                                      Red Garland - Piano, Dallas, Tx. - 5/13/23 - 4/23/84
                                                            James Peter Giuffre  - Saxes, Dalls,  Tx. - 4/26/21 - 4/24/08
                                                             Jack Teagarden - Vernon, Tx. - 8/20/05 - 1/15/64
                                                                                      . . . plus many more.






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.





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."