April 17, 1932 - November 26, 2008

Joe Romano

Black and white photo of Joe Romano with sax
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Color image of Joe Romano playing his sax
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Roy McCurdy

A Rochesterian legend, Joe Romano was a jazz saxophonist that jammed at local clubs in the 50s and 60s with the Mangione brothers before going on to international jazz success. The son of two Italian American immigrants, Romano began playing the sax at eight years old, finding inspiration through jazz heard on the radio and saxophone lessons at the Eastman Community Music School.  After dropping out of high school, he joined the Air Force, where he was able to play in bands and take more music lessons. Returning to Rochester, he became even more embedded in the city’s jazz scene, performing at local clubs almost every night. In his later years, Romano became dedicated to keeping jazz alive for young people by performing at festivals around the country.

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Tom Pethic
Tom Pethic
6 months ago

Roy, thank you ever so much for those heartfelt and important words about JR! Maybe someday this incredible bebop player will be deservedly inducted into the Rochester Music Hall of Fame!

Tom Pethic
Host of Artistry in Jazz
Jazz 90.1FM WGMC
Streaming at Jazz901.org

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