AFRO-AMERICAN MUSIC INSTITUTE CELEBRATES 36 YEARS
Pain Relief Beyond Belief
Luther Robert DeJarunett Jr. also known as “Bobby” was born on July 14, 1952, to the late Abigail and Luther Robert DeJarunett Sr., and was raised and lived his entire life on the Northside, in Pittsburgh, PA.
Luther was educated in the Pittsburgh Public School System, and later attended Business School where he received a diploma in Applied Business Programming in 1979.
His love for music began at the age of 7 when he started to play piano. At the age of 12 he started to play brass instruments in school such as the Trumpet, French horn, Trombone, Baritone horn and Tuba. When his music teacher Joe Kennedy III introduced him to the guitar by loaning him an album called “Going Out of My Head”, by Wes Montgomery, it changed the direction of his life and he decided to pursue a career in music. Little did Luther know this decision would cause him to join the formidable jazz guitar lexicon and travel the world.
Throughout his travels Luther had the chance to meet and work with many interesting and talented people. Many of these included his idols, Richard “Groove” Holmes, George Benson, Dionne Warwick, Dakota Staton, Joe Williams, Aretha Franklin, Jimmy McGriff, Don Patterson to mention just a few.
Luther was always a joy to be around and that joy found its expression through his music. He left an indelible impression on the jazz and guitar world like many of his heroes did before him. He was nothing less than magnificent when he played his guitar. Always soft spoken, generous to a fault, kind and always willing to listen to you and share in the conversation with his wisdom without criticizing.
There will only be one Luther DeJarunett and those of us who knew him, who had the opportunity to work and make music with this gentle giant of a man and musician, can feel very privileged to have done so. We were blessed to have known him. He will be missed sorely, but will always be remembered in our hearts forever.
Luther leaves to morn his first cousins Sandra Chase of Laurelton, NY, Muriel Wenger of Edgewater, NJ, Michelle Long of Orlando, FL, Carmelita Weekes of Brooklyn, Melinda Harris-Wilson of Thomasville, GA and a host of other relatives and friends including Mark Strickland, Flora Wilson, Fletcher Tomlin, Leonard Johnson, Albert Weir Michele Bensen, Walter Hales, Tim Stevens, Stanley Lowe, Nelson Harrison, Kim Clark, Debbie Blackwell, Lorraine Eberhardt and Andrew Cooper.
A memorial service was held for Luther Robert DeJarunett, March 19, at Bidwell Presbyterian Church in Manchester. In lieu of flowers, a memorial contribution may be made to Sandra Chase, 22517 139th Ave., Laurelton, N.Y., 11413.