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April 14, 2013

REMEMBERING TOMMY: 'Giants of Buffalo' pays tribute to renowned Falls musician

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Niagara Falls is truly a special place to the Tedesco family.

Despite the fact that Tommy was denied membership to the local musicians’ union when he retired and moved to Grand Island (a letter he kept framed in his bathroom next to his studio musician of the year award), the city of Niagara Falls remains a special place for the Tedesco’s, according to his wife, Carmie. 

She had moved to Los Angeles with her husband when she was 21 and he was 23. Times were hard but when her in-laws encouraged them to return to the Falls, she resisted, battling against the words of naysayers who predicted their failure. That Tommy made a considerable career for himself as a studio musician of note was a testimony to great stubbornness and enduring good luck as much as his esteemed talent.

The same stubbornness showed in his son’s determination to make this film more than what his wife once wondered jokingly might end up as a “really expensive home video.”

Despite the acclaim and attention it has been gathering, the documentary does one thing for sure - it keeps Tommy alive for his family and friends.

“I’ve seen the film a dozen times,” Carmie said. “I never have the feeling that Tommy’s gone. I always have the feeling that he’s here.”

Contact Features Editor Michele Deluca at 282-2311, ext. 2263. 

 

 

IF YOU GO WHAT: "Giants of Buffalo" discussion on Tommy Tedesco, featuring Denny Tedesco. WHEN: Friday. Cocktail reception is at 6 p.m. Program is from 7 to 8:30 p.m. WHAT: A discussion series held every third Friday will feature Niagara Falls native and legendary guitarist, the late Tommy Tedesco. His son, Denny, will discuss his documentary "The Wrecking Crew," about his father and friends. Screening of documentary will take place at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.Saturday at the Market Arcade Theater in Buffalo. WHERE: Buffalo History Museum, Elmwood Avenue and Nottingham Terrace FOR MORE INFORMATION: Call 873-9644.

 

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