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LORRIANE YARBOROUGH: "Jazz On The South Side" - Exciting News!

**** Exciting News! ****

 During the past few months, my friend and associate 

Lorraine Yarborough, Executive Director of JOTSS (Jazz On The Southside)

has spent many hours of hard work in meetings throughout the Delaware Valley contacting her friends, associates, and colleagues in order to find a new home for JOTSS (Jazz On The Southside.)

 She has contacted me with the exciting news that she located a perfect venue for Jazz, called The Bainbridge Club located at 1529 Bainbridge Street which is in the historic section of center city Philadelphia, The City of Brotherly Love. The amenities of this venue has hosted various types of entertainment thru the years.


Located on the second floor of The Hotel Brotherhood, This club is set up for parties with tables and comfortable chairs with plenty of room for other activities such as dancing or performances

 The banquet hall features a great sound system for a DJ or live music especially Jazz.  Other amenities include a beautiful grand piano, full cocktail bar area, soft lights provided by the many wall sconces for the intimate evening hours to enhance any musical presentation from a small stage for entertainment.

 Currently, Lorraine and her staff have been diligently consulting on various projects within “The Avenue of the Arts” section of Broad Street in Philadelphia, plus other areas in the Tri-State vicinity to help enhance the future of “Jazz and the Cultural Arts.” 

The achievement of these successful goals plus visits to New York’s 966 Jazz club and discussions with the famous Jazz artists, Wynton Marsalis & Lou Donaldson, afforded Lorraine the opportunity to serve as a project consultant to many associations within the famed Philadelphia Avenue of the Arts section of the city including, The Clef Club, The Kimmel Center, St. John Neumann Place Diversified Community Services and presently with The Bainbridge Club and Hotel Brotherhood.

Lorraine Yarborough also provided me with a Calendar of Events schedule for the coming months of this 2015 year that will feature notable jazz musicians from the area that will include the Tony Williams - ClickLegendary Tony Williams Ensemble plus The Ed Dennis Quartet who are keeping Straight-Ahead & Mainstream Jazz alive.

 Ed Dennis Quartet - Click


We appreciate all efforts from Lorraine Yarborough for sharing this Calendar of Events from JOTSS

. . .to inform all Jazz fans throughout the Tri-State area in addition to more important information of the participating musicians and scheduled performances for the promotion of

Jazz & Cultural Arts within the City of Brotherly Love.




A few years ago while traveling and flying to Las Vegas with a over-night stay in Houston, Texas on Continental Airlines, which is now presently merged with United Airlines. During this dinner meeting at a nearby restaurant named Pappasito's Cantina located on Terminal Road close to Intercontinental Airport (IAH). We had discussions of the many music venues of the past that always featured Jazz musicians that were part of the straight-ahead & mainstream style of those years.  

Topics were mentioned about The Balcony Club on Abrams Road and other places that are currently featuring Jazz. Many of the musicians and vocalists from the past decades were always talked about including Ernestine Anderson, Kenny Dorham, Red Garland, Herb Ellis and the saxophones of "The Texas Tenors" including Buddy Tate, James Clay, Arnett Cobb, and Illinois Jacquet.

I have been requested to post this short video clip of Illinois Jacquet playing "Flying Home" for Mike Melloni, Dave Bennett, Bill & Susan Glassman plus other friends at this excellent Tex-Mex Restaurant.




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.