Art Verdi Biography
Short Personal Background & History
I was born in early 1945 in Orange, NJ where I spent my entire childhood. I got married on September 20, 1975 to Joanne, whom I had met at a club where I was playing. Our first son, Gary, was born in 1976 our second son, Artie, came along in 1979. I currently have 2 granddaughters, Nicole and Samantha, but you’ll read more about them below.
Art’s Family (This section was written by Art in the first person.)
My father was a talented jazz violinist. He played the big clubs in New York and even had a radio show under the name “Art Verdi and Ten Commanders”. My mother (Judy) and aunt (mom’s sister Diane) had a dance and singing act in nightclubs around New York when they met. My folks quit the clubs after they were married and dad became a cabinet refinisher.
My father passed away many many years ago and my mother passed away April 3, 2010.
I only have one sibling, my sister Patricia. However, no one calls her Patricia, because we all call her Patty. Patty is a very successful woman who co-owns a thriving business. Patty’s husband, Dave, has three grown children from a previous marriage and now there are grandchildren, which everybody is thrilled about.
I have two sons, Gary & Artie.
Gary, the oldest of the two, has given me two granddaughters. He lives in the Philippines and teaches ESL (English) over the internet to students from all over the world.
Gary played the guitar for a little while between the 4th and 5th grades. In my excitement to see my first born follow in my footsteps, I may have pushed him a bit too hard at too young an age. He soon gave up playing the guitar and never took up any other instruments after that.
My youngest son, Artie, is currently single. I may have pushed Gary too hard, but I learned my lesson, and Artie has become quite the musician in his own right. Unfortunately, he has taken up the guitar instead of the drums like his old man. I am still very proud of him, though and he has quite a bit of talent. Artie taught himself how to play the guitar left handed (even though he is a right handed person). When I discovered his interest in the guitar I started paying for him to take lessons from a professional. Artie has progressed to the point now where he now teaches (part time) others how to play the guitar.
Nicole Amber, was born in 2006 and Samantha Ashley was born in 2011. I’ve never had the opportunity to see either of them in person because, as I mentioned earlier, my son and his children all live in the Philippines. Nicole is a very bright child who excelled in school at the age of 2 and a half. My son put her in pre-school early so she would have the opportunity to interact with other children. They were not concerned with whether or not she would actually learn anything because that would come later. Nicole surprised us all by doing very well in class, both socially and academically. She is now in school full time and she is enjoying being a big sister. Samantha is now big enough to ride her own bike and she has turned into quite the daddy’s girl.