Joe Lovano Injures Both Arms in Separate Incidents

While on tour in Europe, saxophonist Joe Lovano suffered injuries in two separate incidents and ended up with both arms broken.

A representative of Joe’s management at International Music Network confirmed the injuries today. Apparently, Joe suffered a fall after his performance in Lausanne on the 30th of October. As a result of the fall, he suffered three hairline fractures in his upper left arm. Ever the trouper, Joe decided to continue the tour with his arm in a sling.

Unfortunately, while walking in Barcelona on the morning of the 2nd, he tripped and fell. In an attempting to avoid further injury to his broken left arm, he took the fall on his right arm. And, yes, that arm was injured in similar fashion. At that point, the remainder of his European tour with his nonet was cancelled.

The good news is that his wife Judi Silvano was able to join him in Spain where the decision was made to have surgery. Management confirms that he’s been in the US now for about a week, while recovering and undergoing physical therapy. They said that he should be up and playing regularly again in 4-5 weeks.

The JT staff wishes Joe a speedy recovery. Fans and colleagues can send get well wishes to Joe c/o his management: [email protected]


  • Nov 16, 2009 at 05:15PM Eric Adams

    Oh, man! I'm sorry to hear this! Best to Joe on a speedy recovery!

  • Nov 17, 2009 at 06:04PM Lee Mergner

    Message from Joe Lovano, provided by Blue Note Records:


    I’d like to personally thank everyone for their concern and good wishes for my speedy recovery. I am doing fine and with the focus and attention I am receiving from my love and guardian-angel Judi Silvano I’ll be back on the international scene shortly.

    I had two unfortunate accidents while on tour with my Nonet this fall. The first, in Lausanne, Switzerland after an inspired performance at the Festival there on October 31st, which led to a second mishap in Barcelona, Spain on November 3rd.

    All the folks from “The Project” at the Barcelona Jazz Festival came to my aid and got me to Quiron Hospital where the masterful work of my surgeon, Dr. Andreu Combalia, repaired the Humerus bone in both upper arms on Friday, November 6th. Judi was also on hand to supervise the Supervisors, so to speak, and got me home!

    I’d like to thank the cats in my Nonet and also my family for their love and assistance through all of this, Scott Southard, Tom Korkidis and everyone at IMN who helped coordinate everything.

    There are new lessons to be learned out here, around each and every corner and upon reflection I am full of renewed inspiration and gratitude.

    I am on the road to recovery and working out lots of ideas that will manifest themselves into my personal stories on the bandstand and beyond. I feel all of your love and support and it touches me deeply. Thanks again!

    Musically yours,

    November 17, 2009

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