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12:51AM

STAN ROSS - Special Comment For Joe Fortunato

 My friend Stan Ross forwarded this photo from his archives -

Ray Fern - Joe Fortunato and Stan (himself-circ. 1974)


"I had the privilege of sharing the bandstand with Joe; he was "HOT." 

 "When the smoke cleared, you knew it was from him.  That is why I called him "Smokin' Joe Fortunato."

                                                  "We miss ya Big Guy!"

                                    Stan Ross


10:02AM

JOE FORTUNATO - A Remembrance Tribute to a Friend

 Joe Fortunato was a Jazz legend in the Philadelphia music scene for over 70 years. His contribution to Jazz has always lived-up too the old standard song title cliché

“It Don’t Mean a Thing . . . If It Ain’t Got That Swing.” 

I honestly can say that, because for more than 50 years he was my best friend and brother in the field of music and everyday life. I would like to share this video clip of some memorable thoughts plus experiences that I was fortunate to incur and pay homage for a real “Gentleman of Jazz.”