Great read Chuck.. I have some very fond memories of sonny. especially when I brought him in to san Francisco to give him an award for a congressional lifetime achievement at Plush Room in Knob Hill 2003
posted by CHUCK KOTON, Photo Journalist Contributor
“ I was in the learning stage and I was going to jam sessions with guys who became the cats. ”
With an auspicious name like Sonny Fortune, could there be any doubt that this man would find success and fulfillment down whatever path he chose to follow in life. Fortune-ately for jazz lovers, he focused his talent and energy on the saxophone. Fortune’s destiny began at the beguine-ing; he was born at the right time, May 19,1939, and at the right place, Philadelphia. While the City of Brotherly Love has been considered a second-tier jazz city by some, Philly indisputably gave birth to and nurtured a long list of great musicians,many of whom went on to gain wider recognition after moving to New York.
The city’s fertile jazz ground may have first been seeded when bebop genius Dizzy Gillespie moved there from North Carolina in 1935. And those early seeds were surely fruitful and did multiply…
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