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"Straight From The Heart:" (Play Sample) - "The September Years" - Has been produced in a creative manner that signifies a soulful and expressive approach that features a beautiful bold sound of Danny Luciano's tenor saxophone playing a variety of familiar standard ballads. In addition to a meaningful narrated Prologue written by Television Producer\Director Guy Galante. 

 

 

 

"Live' The Lyrics:" This fund raising album was produced for the "OBL" Town Club (Order Of The Brotherly Love) located in the heart of South Philadelphia at 1700 South Broad Street. This South Philadelphia Branch more than 500 associated members of this Italian-American organization in the Delaware Valley always participated in quarterly fund raising events for various cause in the community. The cooperation from "The Lyrics" musical combo were very generous in making this project a success.  

 

"In The Fast Lane:"- Recorded by a young attractive vocalist Laura Michele that showcased her voice and stage presence with 10 tracks arranged to feature her voice qualities for a pleasuarble listening experience. Her soulfull rendition of two popular standards "Dream Lover" and "Good Morning Heartache" attracted local radio stations in the Delaware Valley area to add these selection on a revolving schedule. 

 

 

 “All that Live Jazz:” This production from the late 1980s album showcased four prominent Jazz groups from the Philadelphia area. The cooperation from “Father John” D’Amico Trio, Ray Fern Quintet, Bunch Hammond Quintet and ACT-IV lead by saxophonist Joe Fortunato, featuring a young Joey DeFrancesco, organ plus the famed jazz guitarist Eddie McFadden and Mike Anthony on drums received exposure nationally.

 

 


Capistrano Album - Play sample) Beginning from a northern point of the San Francisco
 area heading south to San Diego the inspiration for the composition of these melodies derived while driving the many trips along the Pacific Coast Highway and numerous visits to the city of San Juan Capistrano.Just south of Los Angeles a short way off the Pacific Coast Highway heading east off RT 5 known as (The Sana Ana Freeway) the city of San Juan Capistrano is located in Orange County, The many times spent enjoying the culture and ambience of this city, will be unforgettable and lasting memories for years to come.



VOL. 1 - (Play Sample) - Since each member had returned to Philadelphia
 from their road engagements with other bands, this “Jam Session” was recorded in the mid-1960s as a reunion celebration . . . featuring Tommy Dino, tenor sax – Joe Fortunato, tenor sax – Danny Luciano, tenor sax – Joe Lano, guitar – Lee Dino, bass – Johnny Castaldo, drums. The sax solos begin with Tommy Dino followed by Danny then Joe Fortunato the guitar solo precedes the four-bar exchanges between the Saxes in the above order of performance.
 

 

 VOL. 2 - (Play Sample) 
Another recorded reunion took place during the late ‘60s with Danny Luciano and his Friends featuring Joe Fortunato playing “Park Avenue Petite” and playing their original blues composition of “Scotch & Soda.” Also included another blues favorite “Mellow Gravy.” Danny Luciano, tenor - Joe Fortunato, tenor -Tom Rielly, organ - Joe Lano, guitar, Lee Dino, bass - Lou Roi, bass (alt. trk.) - Johnny Castaldo, drums

 


Vol. 3 -  (Play Sample) This volume contains favorite standard ballads featuring the soulful tenor saxophone sound of  Danny Luciano playing “There’s No You” –  “ But Beautiful” – and “It’s The Talk of the Town.”  It was 2 weeks  prior to this recording date was when Joe Fortunato had just returned from playing a long engagement and breaking attendance records at the Freemont Hotel in Las Vegas with the recording band of "Birdie Castle & The Stardusters."  Danny wanted to feature and produce an encore performance of his friend playing “Park Avenue Petite.”   

 

 

Joe Fortunato, tenor sax – Has worked with and recorded with top jazz artists in the Philly area. After completing many road tours & TV appearances as featured soloist with various Rhythm & Blues combos in the mid-fifties including "Frank Virtue & the Virtues," - "Birdie Castle & the Stardusters," -  "Billy Duke & the Dukes,"– He also lead his own Jazz Quartet "ACT IV" as the house band at -The BALLIGO INN - in Consohocken, PA for many years, featuring a "JAZZ OPEN HOUSE" policy - - - These Jam Sessions which featured organist Papa John DeFrancesco, jazz guitarist Eddie McFadden, drummer Mike Anthony plus many visiting musicians including sax-man Larry McKenna, Trudy Pitts, organ and various male & female vocalists Miss Justine and Joe Valino.   During this period of time,  Joe was instrumental in showcasing the playing talent of a young organist Joey DeFranseco beginning at the age of 9 years old to his early twenties that launched his career in Jazz.

  


Vol. 4 - (Play Sample) Swingin’ at Mr. Nick’s was an enjoyable time had by all the musicians. This session was recorded live at “Mr. Nicks Jazz Corner” located on the east coast. The first selection opens with a shuffle tempo blues arrangement followed by the solos of Danny Luciano, tenor sax - Johnny Belmont, alto sax –– and Joe Fortunato, tenor sax – Richie Barratta, piano solo with exchanges of 4-bar sax solos, closing with the theme. The ballad medley features Johnny Belmont playing “Here’s That Rainy Day” –¬ Joe Fortunato, “Gone With the Wind” closing with the sound of Danny Luciano playing his favorite “It’s The Talk of the Town.” “There’ll Will Never Be Another You” opens with Danny playing the melody and the first solo – next by Joe Fortunato, tenor sax followed by Johnny Belmont, alto sax completing the session

 

 Personnel Background Credits:

Johnny Belmont, alto sax – His experience playing with many big bands incuding Woody Herman plus small jazz quintets on the east coast gave him the opportunity to record with other well-known jazz musicians from the Philadelphia area.

Richie Baratta, piano – Played with many visiting musicians who worked as sidemen with Woody Herman, Benny Goodman, and Gene Krupa during the early sixties while 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.

 

 

Drummer Mike Anthony's musical career began in the mid-1950s. During this time . . . gave him the opporunity to share the bandstand with many prominent older Jazz musicians in Philadelphia.   Gaining his experience he played and was associated with many commercial Pop groups and Jazz combos that traveled to Las Vegas and the Midwest. Returning to the Philadelphia area Mike was contacted by his friend, vocalist Joe Valino - recording star of "Garden of Eden" & "Learning the Blues" 

for permenent position as personal drummer an conductor.  After a long period of time, he then formed his own combo called “The Sultans.”  This group was featured at many leading night-spots in the Philadelphia surrounding areas.

 

 

As a personal note:  

 

I would like to mention that it was my extreme pleasure to be associated with all these talented musicians through the years, who I consider my friends. 

                                                                                             Thank you,