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Watch: Pittsburgh Banjo Club remembers its founder at Elks Lodge Banjo Night

Aaron Aupperlee

The Pittsburgh Banjo Club honored its founder Wednesday just the way Frank Rossi would have wanted them to.

They played.

Rossi, who founded the club 30 years ago , died Tuesday. He was 83.

The club played some of Rossi’s favorite tunes during its weekly performance Wednesday at the Allegheny Elks Lodge on Pittsburgh’s North Side.

“I’m going to miss Frank dearly,” said Norm Azinger, the club’s musical director and the person who in recent years took Rossi’s place at the front of the stage as the founder’s health declined. “And have missed him, because I’m up there making a fool of myself, and Frank, he liked to make a fool of himself.”

The Pittsburgh Banjo Club plays every Wednesday night at the Elks lodge. It is open to the public.

Aaron Aupperlee is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Aaron at 412-336-8448, [email protected] or via Twitter @tinynotebook.


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Frank Rossi, founder of the Pitstburgh Banjo Club
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A photograph depicting Pittsburgh Banjo Club band leader Frank Rossi hangs on the wall at the Allegheny Elks Lodge on Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2018 in Pittsburgh’s North Side. Rossi died on Tuesday and was well-known as a local legend in the banjo world.
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Banjo player Joe DiFrancesco, 80, of Pittsburgh, performs at the Allegheny Elks Lodge on Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2018 in Pittsburgh’s North Side with other members of the Pittsburgh Banjo Club. The club’s founder and original leader, Frank Rossi, passed away on Tuesday.