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9:17PM

JOE FORTUNATO - MEMORIAL TRIBUTE - Playing "Out Of Nowhere"

 

 

Recently we have been having many requests from many friends and fans of Joe Fortunato for a recording of a popular song from

The American Songbook entitled “Out of Nowhere”

 >>   May 5, 1930 - October 28, 2011  <<

As a Memorial Tribute . . . I have located this recording plus various instrumental tracks recorded from a local Philadelphia studio . . . that was never released publicly, but was always requested at every club date and live performance from Joe Fortunato.  

The sharing of this duo recording by Joe Fortunato & Lou Gagliardi by exemplifies his soulful approach to the tenor saxophone with the tasteful guitar accompaniment of longtime friend Lou Gagliardi.

 

 

4:32AM

JOE FORTUNATO - MEMORIAL TRIBUTE - Playing "GONE WITH THE WIND"

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.  

3:32AM

Joe Fortunato - Memorable Tribute to a friend

Joe Fortunato was a Jazz legend in the Philadelphia music scene for over 70 years. A true Gentleman of Jazz. 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.”

Joe was Born: May 5, 1930 and died of natural causes on October 28, 2011.

He was born and raised in South Philadelphia area "The City of Brotherly Love" along with other notable musicians within this close-knit neighborhood part of town. Joe also had a friendly relationship with another jazz saxophonist who was a few years older; his name was Charlie Ventura, and his brothers Benny and Ernie Ventura, who also were musicians within a small radius of city blocks of South Philadelphia.

Joe’s inspiration to Jazz and Big Band music was when he listened to a late night disc jockey on WIBG-AM a Philadelphia station hosted by Doug Arthur when he played a recording by tenor saxophonist Coleman Hawkins’ classic jazz rendition of the popular song “Body and Soul.”

Video includes a duet live recording of "Body & Soul" by Joe Fortunato and his friend jazz guitarist Lou Gagliardi.   

 

                             


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.”