What happened in November 26, 1978?

I recently came across an excerpt from the book “Meet Me At Jim & Andy’s” by Gene Lees. The excerpt is the very sad story told by a close friend of Frank Rosolino about the events leading up to the tragic night of November 26, 1978 when Frank shot himself and his two young boys.

I’ve always had a curiosity about that night. I had received a National Endowment for the Arts grant to study that next summer with Frank. We had talked about it and everything had been arranged.

While the story gives a long and personal accounting of events leading up to that night, don’t expect any clean, logical answers. I don’t think it’s possible to understand why a man of rare talent and unbridled humor would kill himself and shoot his two sons, leaving one dead and the other blind.

If you care to read: www.jazzmasters.nl/rosolino.htm



  1. Tom Andersen on June 29, 2019 at 7:10 am

    Frank was a creative genius. And it’s sad that sometimes people like him will sometimes engage in self destructive behavior. For example, look at Vincent Van Gogh. He was also a creative genius who killed himself. Those sons of his were just children. How terrible.

  2. Tamara Bumann on November 26, 2019 at 1:06 pm

    November 26 never goes by without me thinking of Justin. He was a sweet friend.
    Thanks for pointing out that article!

  3. Adam on December 6, 2019 at 3:42 am

    My dad went to high school with him

  4. John on July 30, 2021 at 3:51 pm

    he was having an affair on his third wife who found out and killed herself, then he killed his own son and himself. His life was apparently miserable despite his amazing talent.

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