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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.