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Credit: Lake Fong, Post-Gazette 

The late jazz drummer-promoter-bandleader Spider Rondinelli, who died Monday at 82, was a low-keyed musician with a dazzling talent. His very well-done obituary is here.

This is a 2007 profile by the PG's Nate Guidry that delves into his life even deeper.  The PG photo above shows Spider with saxophonist Kenny Blake, performing in Jefferson Hills.

Having written scores of musicians' obits myself, the one thing no obit will get across: the man and the music, in settings from the 50's to two years ago.

Published in Get Rhythm