Von Freeman in Chicago

1999.  Francesco and Von Freeman at Southport Studios during the recording of the album “Colors”.

Dizzy Gillespie in Honolulu

1991.  A sweet photo of Dizzy at the Ala Moana Hotel in Waikiki with Francesco’s daughter Alice, then 4 years old.

Lionel Hampton in Los Angeles

1983.  While attending  the University of Southern California, Francesco performed with the jazz big band.  Special guest artists included greats such as Lionel Hampton (in the photo), Freddie Hubbard, Bob Magnuson, and more.

Dizzy Gillespie in Turin

1981.  Dizzy performed with the Turin Symphonic Orchestra, with arrangements by Tom McIntosh.  Francesco with the Diz by the rehearsal hall.  Dizzy liked to sport the most unusual hats when not wearing his signature basque on stage.