In memory of
Don DePalma
In memory of
Don DePalma
It is with great sadness to announce the passing of Don DePalma, our brother, friend, mentor, and musical legend. Don succumbed to complications from Covid-19. He passed away peacefully. During high school, he played with a band called the Blues Messengers, which later became better known as the Wildweeds, with Al Anderson. In 1968 Don played as a member of CRT's traveling outreach program and worked for Paul Brown as a teacher. Paul Brown developed the Monday Night Jazz series and Don worked under him in its fledgling years in Hartford 's north end. Monday Night Jazz was relocated to Bushnell Park where it has been thriving ever since. In 1970, Don opened for Led Zeppelin, and in the same year, opened for Sly and the Family Stone while with a band called US 69 which cut an album on Buddah records. During this time Don successfully transitioned from trumpet to piano, the instrument by which he is most known to his many fans. Don began playing at Joey's club in Hartford which started a band called Collaboration. In the 1970's, Don became friends with Jackie McLean, jazz legend and the creator of the Artist's Collective in Hartford , CT. Don was appointed musical director of the Collective's music department under the guidance of Jackie. When Joey's Club moved, Don became a founding father of the legendary 880 Club where he helped to launch the careers of budding stars Steve Davis, Nat Reeves, Mario Pavone, Tom Chapin, Sue Terry as well as that of the band Street Temperature. Don also began the Featured Artist's series at the 880 Club. "Pianist Don DePalma has been a vital presence on the Hartford jazz scene for decades, having played with a veritable who's who of visiting jazz stars as leader of the legendary 880 Club's house band." - Hartford Jazz Society He leaves behind his brothers Bob and Ray, sister Rhonda Lavado and her husband Victor, niece Deena Lavado, nephew VJ Lavado, his children Katie and John, all his cousins, and special friends Rose Foote-Roy, Bill Roy, Alexis Roy and Liam Roy. Aside from his musical genius, his other passion was cooking. Nothing would make him happier than to cook for the people he loved. His specialties were linguine with broccoli and pork roast and a killer red sauce. Don was the life of the party. There are no calling hours. There will be a celebration of Don's life on a date yet to be announced. Donations can be made in Don's name to American Diabetes Association, donations.diabetes.org
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In memory of
Don DePalma
It is with great sadness to announce the passing of Don DePalma, our brother, friend, mentor, and musical legend. Don succumbed to complications from Covid-19. He passed away peacefully. During high school, he played with a band called the Blues Messengers, which later became better known as the Wildweeds, with Al Anderson. In 1968 Don played as a member of CRT's traveling outreach program and worked for Paul Brown as a teacher. Paul Brown developed the Monday Night Jazz series and Don worked under him in its fledgling years in Hartford 's north end. Monday Night Jazz was relocated to Bushnell Park where it has been thriving ever since. In 1970, Don opened for Led Zeppelin, and in the same year, opened for Sly and the Family Stone while with a band called US 69 which cut an album on Buddah records. During this time Don successfully transitioned from trumpet to piano, the instrument by which he is most known to his many fans. Don began playing at Joey's club in Hartford which started a band called Collaboration. In the 1970's, Don became friends with Jackie McLean, jazz legend and the creator of the Artist's Collective in Hartford , CT. Don was appointed musical director of the Collective's music department under the guidance of Jackie. When Joey's Club moved, Don became a founding father of the legendary 880 Club where he helped to launch the careers of budding stars Steve Davis, Nat Reeves, Mario Pavone, Tom Chapin, Sue Terry as well as that of the band Street Temperature. Don also began the Featured Artist's series at the 880 Club. "Pianist Don DePalma has been a vital presence on the Hartford jazz scene for decades, having played with a veritable who's who of visiting jazz stars as leader of the legendary 880 Club's house band." - Hartford Jazz Society He leaves behind his brothers Bob and Ray, sister Rhonda Lavado and her husband Victor, niece Deena Lavado, nephew VJ Lavado, his children Katie and John, all his cousins, and special friends Rose Foote-Roy, Bill Roy, Alexis Roy and Liam Roy. Aside from his musical genius, his other passion was cooking. Nothing would make him happier than to cook for the people he loved. His specialties were linguine with broccoli and pork roast and a killer red sauce. Don was the life of the party. There are no calling hours. There will be a celebration of Don's life on a date yet to be announced. Donations can be made in Don's name to American Diabetes Association, donations.diabetes.org
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