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Sunday, June 17, 2012

My Father-Joe Gande & Happy Father';s Day to all!

I want to wish all the awesome Dads and everyone a very Happy Father's Day!! 
Hope you all enjoy an awesome day with your loved ones! I
 thought I would post this pic for Father's Day...this is a photo of my Dad...Joe Gande...

Not too long after this photo was taken we lost him...he would have been 84 this year. 
He was the best Dad and awesome Father and husband to my Mom...I am so very lucky....and feel blessed and very proud to be his son...
I miss you terribly Dad! Happy Father's Day to you!! I'm thinking of you and can feel you here with us!! 
Love, 
Joey

A bit of background...for those that might find it interesting...
My Father was Italian...His family is from Naples, Italy....and a he was a musician..a jazz musician....a jazz, bebop, bigband tenor saxophonist...as well as playing all other horns, piano and guitar as well...He played with Charlie Barnett, Horace Silver, Art Mooney, Addison farmer, Jo Jones, Joe Porcaro, Emil Richards...back in the day..in the 50's, and 60's.... just to name a few I can remember right now...it was very difficult to get stories out of him and find out what he had done, where he had been and who he knew and had played with over the years...he was a very, very cool, unassuming, modest and down to earth solid man... and never a bragger or boaster and one to talk about his laurels and past...I only know some things through asking my Mom and relatives and a little research...and my Mother even knew very little herself...
His instrument of choice? A very old and rare Selmer, cigar-cutter tenor saxophone...

Again...I want to wish everyone a very Happy Father's Day!! 
Hope you all enjoy an awesome day with your Dads and loved ones!

Oh , and by the way...You can hear a small bit of my Father's playing on my CD "The Godsend Sessions"...I was able to capture a bit of a riff from a very old recording and put it at the end of the track "Can't See My Life"... I wanted some way to have him be a part of the album...seeing as much of it was inspired by him and he had passed right before production began....





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Love,
Joe


My Music...

Pick up a copy of my CD "The Godsend Sessions"...