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May 31, 2000 | RANDY LEWIS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Joe Massimino, the longtime "The Mike Douglas Show" bandleader and pianist who became as well known in Orange County later in life for the Italian food he offered at his Tustin deli, has died of complications of stomach cancer. He was 64. Massimino, who died May 24, had been a regular in Orange County jazz spots for almost the last two decades, since "The Mike Douglas Show" went off the air in 1982.
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June 1, 2000
Joe Massimino, 63, the longtime bandleader and pianist for "The Mike Douglas Show." Massimino grew up in Providence, R.I., and was attracted to music early while he listened to his parents' big-band records. At 17, he was hired to play in Tommy Dorsey's band after an audition in which he impressed the big-band leader by ripping through "T.D. Boogie," a Dorsey tune Massimino had committed to memory.
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NEWS
December 27, 1986
I was delighted to read Saturday's (Dec. 6) View article on Joe Massimino, the pianist and deli owner who gives concerts outside his store in Tustin on Sundays ("Deli-cious Jazz Served Sundays" by Patrick Mott). Mott got it right when he wrote that Massimino is one of the best jazz pianists in Southern California (to which I'd add "and the U.S.A."). He got it wrong when he wrote that Massimino was musical director for years of "The Merv Griffin Show" (that's like saying that Lee Iacocca works for Ford)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 31, 2000 | RANDY LEWIS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Joe Massimino, the longtime "The Mike Douglas Show" bandleader and pianist who became as well known in Orange County later in life for the Italian food he offered at his Tustin deli, has died of complications of stomach cancer. He was 64. Massimino, who died May 24, had been a regular in Orange County jazz spots for almost the last two decades, since "The Mike Douglas Show" went off the air in 1982.
NEWS
December 6, 1986 | PATRICK MOTT
Monday through Saturday the thin strip of grass in front of the San Remo Italian Market in Tustin looks like nothing more than a planter for a pair of spreading sycamore trees. But on most Sundays it becomes the airiest jazz club in Orange County. It's then that Joe Massimino, co-owner of the market, breaks out his electric piano, calls in a few of his musical colleagues and holds an afternoon-long jazz jam session, alfresco and free.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 28, 1992 | BILL KOHLHAASE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
To hear Joe Massimino tell it, he would never have impressed Tommy Dorsey, or gone on to a career as pianist to the stars, if his father hadn't sat him down at an early age to listen to "T.D.'s Boogie." "My father was a musician," Massimino, 56, said during a recent phone conversation from his home in Tustin, "and he used to sit me in front of the hi-fi and play all these bands, all these piano players.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 1, 2000
Joe Massimino, 63, the longtime bandleader and pianist for "The Mike Douglas Show." Massimino grew up in Providence, R.I., and was attracted to music early while he listened to his parents' big-band records. At 17, he was hired to play in Tommy Dorsey's band after an audition in which he impressed the big-band leader by ripping through "T.D. Boogie," a Dorsey tune Massimino had committed to memory.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 14, 1994 | ZAN STEWART, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
When Sue Raney and Joe Massimino appear tonight at Orange Coast College, the singer and the pianist-bandleader will have only known each other, musically speaking, for about seven hours. Their first rehearsal for the concert takes place today at 1 p.m. Raney admits that she's not completely at ease with the situation. "It should be fun, but there is that anticipation when you work with someone for the first time," she said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 26, 1999 | Louise Roug, (714) 966-5977
Westminster High School will host a jazz concert in the Globe West Theater on Wednesday. Vocalist Micki Rhyne will perform with the Joe Massimino Trio. Tickets for the event are $5 in advance and $6 at the door, and proceeds benefit the Performing Arts and Foreign Languages Department. Information: (714) 893-1381.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 13, 2000
Nearly two dozen top Southland jazz musicians will come together on Friday to play at a memorial service for pianist Joe Massimino, who died May 24 of complications from stomach cancer. Singers Julius LaRosa, Stephanie Haynes, Dewey Ernie, Micki Rhyne and Joanie Sommers; pianists Tom Ranier and Mark Massey, bassists Luther Hughes and Jack Prather, drummers Paul Kreibich and Dave Tull and guitarist Ron Eschete are among Massimino's friends and collaborators scheduled to play at the 10 a.m.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 14, 1994 | ZAN STEWART, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
When Sue Raney and Joe Massimino appear tonight at Orange Coast College, the singer and the pianist-bandleader will have only known each other, musically speaking, for about seven hours. Their first rehearsal for the concert takes place today at 1 p.m. Raney admits that she's not completely at ease with the situation. "It should be fun, but there is that anticipation when you work with someone for the first time," she said.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 28, 1992 | BILL KOHLHAASE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
To hear Joe Massimino tell it, he would never have impressed Tommy Dorsey, or gone on to a career as pianist to the stars, if his father hadn't sat him down at an early age to listen to "T.D.'s Boogie." "My father was a musician," Massimino, 56, said during a recent phone conversation from his home in Tustin, "and he used to sit me in front of the hi-fi and play all these bands, all these piano players.
NEWS
December 27, 1986
I was delighted to read Saturday's (Dec. 6) View article on Joe Massimino, the pianist and deli owner who gives concerts outside his store in Tustin on Sundays ("Deli-cious Jazz Served Sundays" by Patrick Mott). Mott got it right when he wrote that Massimino is one of the best jazz pianists in Southern California (to which I'd add "and the U.S.A."). He got it wrong when he wrote that Massimino was musical director for years of "The Merv Griffin Show" (that's like saying that Lee Iacocca works for Ford)
NEWS
December 6, 1986 | PATRICK MOTT
Monday through Saturday the thin strip of grass in front of the San Remo Italian Market in Tustin looks like nothing more than a planter for a pair of spreading sycamore trees. But on most Sundays it becomes the airiest jazz club in Orange County. It's then that Joe Massimino, co-owner of the market, breaks out his electric piano, calls in a few of his musical colleagues and holds an afternoon-long jazz jam session, alfresco and free.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 16, 1993 | BILL KOHLHAASE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
There will be no more live jazz at Vinnie's Ristorante, which since April has been offering weekend performances by some of the area's best musicians. All future bookings (including shows this weekend by longtime Frank Sinatra and George Shearing guitarist Ron Anthony) have been canceled. "It just didn't pay for itself," explained Vinnie Colandrea, owner of the restaurant at 270 E. 17th St. "The music itself was fantastic.
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