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JOE GIORDANO - Vocalist With Style

Starting in South Philly clubs ( in the 60’s ) such as the Venus Lounge, he was heard by a vocal trainer named Artie Singer who also trained, Al Martino, James Darren, Frankie Avalon, Bobby Rydell, and other  popular singers that were in the mainstream of music during the 1960’s.

 Until 1967, Joe played local “gigs” and landed a stint in Las Vegas at the Aladdin Hotel.  Soon afterwards, he met and married a California girl and decided that his singing career had to go on hold to build a stable family foundation.

 Back on the East Coast while operating his own prosperous construction company, the opportunity to perform a long contracted engagement at Atlantic City’s Tropicana Casino Hotel and The Playboy Hotel Casino was confirmed by long-time producer/promoter/agent friend Danny Luciano, President of International Entertainment Associates in Atlantic City.

 These performances led to many other bookings to perform his vocal stylings at the Sheraton Inn Airport, Warwick Hotel and Hilton Stadium Inn.

 Joe’s adult contemporary style has left the crowds swaying at many popular nite-spots in the Tri-State area of Philadelphia, New Jersey, and Delaware as well as favorite dinner clubs in New York City.

 Joe’s back on stage and are we glad. He’s having fun again!


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."







On May 28 2013,

I received a very interesting message at our website from Pandy Olmstead.

Pandy Olmstead:   “My uncle was Joe Glaser...I grew up with all these greats,

 knowing them on a personal level. They came to our house for dinner, especially Pops (Louis Armstrong) Velma Middleton, Trummy Young and Earl'Fatha'Hines ... I was backstage or on the piano bench during the shows. Still have letters they wrote from the road and terrific photographs. I now photograph the "pop icons" when they are in town . . .I would be happy to share.”   


Since the opportunity of meeting Joe Glaser early in my career back in the 1960s, I dedicated (page #185) from my published book “Jazz Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow” . . . In addition to my friend and colleague Larry Bennett, (Theatrical Agent & music producer) who began his working career with the notable & famed Associated Booking Corporation (ABC) owned by Joe Glaser.  I contacted Pandy, in order to explain the mission of  has been created as a platform in “Keeping Mainstream Jazz Alive.” And I would be happy and privledged to share the material from her collection to all our visitors, in addition to her personal reflections with many Jazz icons and celebrities from past decades that will always be remembered as “The Ladies & Gentlemen of Jazz.”

I wanted to know how she was able to find our website, and she quickly responded with the following message:

Pandy Olmstead:

"Okay, how did I happen on your website?  I was googling Louis and my uncle as I've been told someone is doing a one-man show about them in NYC.  I wanted to see the accuracy of the information."