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

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