April-6th-2009, 07:07 PM
Has quit quitting
John "Jack" Fragomeni Jr. -- R.I.P.
I was devastated to learn today that my friend and teacher, Jack Fragomeni died Saturday.
I took one semester of jazz guitar with Jack at Schenectady County Community College. He was a great teacher and a great human being.
Jack studied guitar with Atilla Zoller, played in the Albany area with Nick Brignola and had toured with Lee Konitz -- among his many accomplishments.
One of the highlights of my lessons with Jack was when he would play for me. He played with great grace and fluidity and never sounded a note that wasn't musical.
I will miss him a great deal.
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John "Jack" Fragomeni Jr., 57, of Cohoes, died unexpectedly late Saturday evening, April 4, 2009 at St. Mary's Hospital in Troy. Born and educated in Schenectady, he was a graduate of Mont Pleasant High School and received his bachelor's and masters degree's from the College of St. Rose. Jack is the son of Mary (Aragosa) Fragomeni of Schenectady and the late John J. Fragomeni Sr.
A professional musician, Jack taught at the College of St Rose and at Schenectady County Community College. He played in the Empire Jazz Orchestra and in Jazz clubs and festivals. Over the years, Jack learned and worked with several Jazz greats, Nick Brignola, Atilla Zoller and Bucky Pizzarelli. Jack was well known for playing jazz guitar at several area venues including the Van Dyke and the Grog Shop over the years. He was a member of the musician union and Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church. Besides his mother, Jack is survived by his wife of 18 years, Roswita (Apkarian) Fragomeni of Cohoes; his brothers, Mark L. Fragomeni (Michele) of Malta and Father Richard Fragomeni of Chicago; his nephews, Michael and Jason Fragomeni and Jacob Apkarian and nieces, Nicole Fragomeni and Sophie Apkarian.
Funeral services will be held on Wednesday morning, April 8, 2009 at 10:15 a.m. at Bond Funeral Home, Broadway & Guilderland Ave., Schenectady, N.Y. followed at 11 a.m. at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, 1255 Pleasant Street, Schenectady, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated. Calling hours will be held at the funeral home on Tuesday afternoon April 7 from 2 to 4 p.m. and evening from 6 to 8 p.m. Interment will be held in Most Holy Redeemer Cemetery at a date and time to be announced. www.bondfuneralhome.com