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Frank Strazzeri Has Left Us

Posted on May 20, 2014 with 0 comments

Frank Strazzeri passed away in Rochester, New York, on Friday, May 9th at 8:05 AM EST. He had relocated to Rochester on April 30th, where he was born (April 24th, 1930). It had been a dream of his to return to his hometown and be close to family. His wife of 63 years Jo Ann had passed away a few months prior.  He is survived by his son and grandson, and his brother.  His last public performance was at Jax Bar and Grill on April 23rd. That night, we had a cake and celebrated his birthday, which was the following day. He had a memorable performance with his trio which was inspiring to hear, and he felt good playing a gig, being with some friends and having his birthday celebrated. Frank was influential to many people through his brilliant music. He was a huge inspiration and validation to me. I had never dreamed of having the chance to play music with him and be accepted as a colleague. He has left a wonderful "Jazz Legacy" which I have been honored to be part of.