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