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Buddy Ferdinando DeFranco

February 17, 1923 ~ December 24, 2014 (age 91)
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Message from Noodle
December 5, 2015 11:08 AM

I saw Buddy with Herb Ellis in Los Angeles in the '90s and it was fantastic. I have been a fan for decades and it was a dream to see them in a small setting with so many other great musicians. I hope to see them all again someday.
Message from Aaron Epstein
August 25, 2015 10:23 PM

Buddy and his family was very kind and generous to my late father Max Epstein. I appreciate everything they did for him. Thank you for all you did. R.I.P.
Message from Jean-Claude Mévillot
February 3, 2015 2:08 PM

Chère famille,

Je suis un grand admirateur de Buddy qui m'inspire tous le jours dans mon jeu de clarinette. Très attristé par sa disparition, je vous prie d'accepter l'expression de mes plus sincères condoléances. Buddy est toujours présent parmi nous, je le sens.
Message from JOE LICARI
January 2, 2015 10:56 AM

I LOVED BUDDYS PLAYING AND FINALLY GOT TO MEET HIM AT THE 92ND STREET Y IN NYC. I WENT TO SEE MY FRIEND KENNY DAVERN, WHO WAS PLAYING THAT DAY....AFTER THE CONCERT WENT BACK STAGE TO SAY HELLO TO KENNY.UPON SPOTTING ME ,HE CALLS ME OVER AND KENNY SAYS I WANT YOU TO MEET THE GREATEST CLARINETIST IN THE WORLD........TO MY SURPRISE IT WAS BUDDY DEFRANCO. HE WAS THE NICEST, SWEETEST, GENTLE MAN ONE COULD MEET....R.I.P.

JOE LICARI
Message from John
December 28, 2014 8:17 AM

I met Buddy at a nightclub in Washington D.C. in the late 1970's during one of his infrequent visits to the D.C. area. Being around 20 years old at the time and meeting an idol of mine for the first time, I was extremely nervous. He immediately made me feel as ease, introduced me to his wife Joyce and we talked about music, the clarinet, and life in general for about five minutes. He was a class act all the way and will be missed.
Message from Joseph Jaslow
December 27, 2014 4:24 AM

Farewell to Buddy DeFranco, who was not only the greatest jazz clarinetist of all time but also the man I was proud to call my uncle.

A few years ago I met a young man in Milan who was a jazz fan. I told him who my uncle was. He invited me into his home and lo and behold he had in his record collection almost every vinyl album that Buddy ever recorded! We played a few and he told me how lucky I was to know and be related to such a great man.

Buddy will be dearly missed by so many, but also dearly remembered by all who play and love jazz. I love you Uncle Buddy.
Message from ROD BROWARNY
March 2, 2016 1:00 AM

i met buddy in a restaurant in north holly wood ca.about 1998 great player and person hard to find in the jazz music bus which am in playing and teaching clarinet sax and flute ROD BROWARNY march 1 2016 thank you buddy for your great inspiration of course my dad no one got me started on clarinet which my late wife peggy called my baby dad was more like benny goodman me more buddy style ROD BROWARNY
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