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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.  

1:16AM

TONY ANGELO - Musician, Entertainer, Colleague & Friend

TONY ANGELO - is one of the finest Saxophonist from the South Philadelphia area. He traveled the East & West Coasts plus touring Internationally as a leader & side man with many combos playing Rhythm & Blues, Big Band arrangements and Jazz - - - Giving him the opportunity to appear at many well-known showrooms and lounges in Las Vegas, New Orleans, and Miami. On many occasions he shared the bandstand with many top-name recording artists and performers during the 1960s & '70s. This experience as a musician and performer of more than 25 years in the entertainment business gave him a wealth of knowledge to manage, produce and secure bookings for other leading musicians during his career as booking agent.  

During this time, Tony teamed-up with another professional entertainer & trumpet player and big band master Andy Angel (Angelucci) from upstate Pennsylvania.  Together they began performing as a musical revue featuring many jazz arrangements, vocals, and comedy material to entertain audiences on the East Coast.

Andy Angel also has 30 years of experience to his credit making TV appearances on "The Ed Sullivan Show" and has perforformed on the same bill with Ella Fitzgerald, Erskin hawkins, Lionel Hampton, Della Reese and Louie Prima at the Sands Casino in Las Vegas.

 ANGEL & ANGELO Musical Revue - Is a musical comedy revue that has performed for SRO Crowds throughout the United States. The production of this video clip narrated by my friend and colleague is to share a brief summary of his entertainment career and portions of the complete performance that was held at The Three Rivers Restaurant in Syracuse, NY. The show consists of Big Band musical arrangements, Comedy and Mainstream Jazz.

2:04AM

RAY HYMAN - SAXOPHONIST & INVENTOR

 

Stan RossRecently, my friend saxophonist Stan Ross contacted me to let me know that he located information of our mutual friend Ray Hyman. Stan took this photo one day in the mid 1990s while they both visited saxophone repairperson George Sarkis’ shop that was located next to the Musicians Union Hall Local 77 that was located in the vicinity of 18th & Arch Sts...on north 18th Street in Philadelphia.

While Stan was acquainted with Ray Hyman for many years . . . and I would meet Ray on various occasions upon returning from working out of town engagements while getting my saxophone repaired.

 

This obituary news article was Published: August 22, 1997

Recently Saxophonist and Inventor

 Ray Hyman, a musician and inventor, died on Aug. 15 at his home in Bala Cynwyd, Pa. He was 86. Mr. Hyman was an accomplished saxophonist who performed with the Philadelphia Orchestra for nearly 60 years. He was one of the few musicians to have worked under the orchestra's three longtime conductors, Leopold Stokowski, Eugene Ormandy and Riccardo Muti.  

He also performed with the Paul Whiteman Orchestra and with the Lester and Howard Lanin Society Bands.

In the late 1950's, Mr. Hyman designed and patented a saxophone strap that quickly won favor among musicians and is widely used today.Hyman - SAX STRAP

He also designed a popular saxophone case, the "Sax-Pak,"  SAX-PAKand designed several homes in Philadelphia, in Penn Valley, Pennsylvania, and  Long Beach Island in New Jersey.

He is survived by two daughters, Judith Corson and Dena Robbins; two sons, Asher and Michael; nine grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.   *author unknown

 Special note from Stan Ross

As I began to edge my way through Philadelphia's musical arena I met Ray Hyman. It was at the nationally known George Sarkis musical repair shop next to the Philadelphia Musician's Union. I enjoyed his friendship and guidance during my Twenty-year existence in the world of music.

Despite his stature and accomplishments, Ray was always the gentleman, always the interested listener to my-self conceived draw backs.  *Stan Ross