I am apprised that the great reedman & educator John La Porta who rubbed elbows with the likes of Stravinsky has passed on. It would be an understatement to say that John has touched so many lives (certainly mine) while he lived on earth. One of my fondest memories is my being able to feature John @ a club in Sarasota, Fl. I was the musical director for the club, & we would feature a local 'star' on a once/month basis. John & I hailed from the same area in N.E., but I had never had the distinct pleasure of playing with him. My expectations were exceeded!! He just gave his all, & was always just (enormous talents aside), 'one of the guys.' As usual, he 'wowed' his audience, & that singular club date incident I hold dear personally. Thanks John!! And, may you rest in peace.