From Jay Cummings, Self Induced:

"I knew Jimmy as a hard-working drummer, and he knew me. Drummers are a rare breed and share a common bond, which we did. He always complimented me on my drumming technique and my sound, and coming from him, it always meant a lot. Jimmy had the task of running many open-mic nights, which is not an easy thing to do. He was the guy to give it to you straight but in a way that wasn't cruel. He gave not-so-good musicians the true desire to want to be better. Godspeed, Jimmy. You will be missed."

From Bob Moshen:

Pagano: "A man... whose optimism was contagious."
Denise Langella
Pagano: "A man... whose optimism was contagious."

Location Info


America's Backyard

100 SW Third Ave.
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312

Category: Bars and Clubs

Region: Fort Lauderdale


Jimmy Pagano Memorial Tribute and Benefit, 4 p.m. Sunday, June 5, at America's Backyard, 100 SW Third Ave., Fort Lauderdale. $10. Call 954-449-1030, or click here.

"I met Jimmy back in 1979, when he first moved to Florida. After a short time, we opened up a business together. Jimmy's passion was always to play music — even in the store we ran, we set up the drums and guitars and jammed all night long. We lost track of each other for about 25 years, but when I called him up, it was just like old times. I let him know that my son and daughter were playing music, and he invited us with open arms to come in and play. He had a heart of gold."

From Lori Grundman Syvante:

"Every time I saw Jimmy, he was putting something together. He always found a way to play with all kinds of different musicians and had a love for music, life, excitement, cooking, and enjoying every day as it came."

From David "Zeta" Hall:

"I'm so proud to have played music and shared ideas and dreams with this man. I hope we will continue to perpetuate the love and creativity that Jimmy wanted for us each day and not allow the action of an awful person to tarnish the wonderful, higher vibration of love and creativity that Jimmy Pagano stood for. I will always remember looking back to see him with a set of sticks in his hand and a smile on his face."

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Judy Blem
Judy Blem

THANK YOU, Reed & NEW TIMES for your continued love and support for our fallen friend, Jimmy Pagano. We could not think of a better way to honor a man who dedicated his life to the South Florida Music Scene than by having a Music Program and Scholarship Fund set up through the Dan Marino Foundation in his name. Jimmy's legacy will live on through all of the children and young adults who will benefit from such a program. We remind folks that 100% of proceeds from donations, silent auction and raffle items will go directly to Dan Marino Foundation's new program, as well as a portion of sales from food and drink (courtesy of America's Backyard who have really gone out of their way to help make this upcoming event a success). There are several useful links for those who would like more information and we hope to see a large turnout on Sunday, June 5th for the Jimmy Pagano Memorial Tribute & Benefit at America's Backyard.Event details online: invitation on Facebook:

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