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NEW Updated Version: - Friends and Colleagues





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.




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.



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.  


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.