Share your memories of Fortez and local jazz

As we head into the weekend of romance, let’s pause a minute to remember the super song stylings of local jazz great Alma Fortez (Alma L. Johnson), who died Jan. 28 at age 81. My particular memory involves toddler-free dinner and dancing at The Plantation House with Alma sounding better (and looking better in sequins) than women half her age.

Memorial services are at 1 p.m. Saturday (Feb. 13) at Trinity AME Zion Church, 203 Oak St., Binghamton. Sympathy messages can be left at the obituary section of, but we at BAMirror would also like you to share your memories here of Alma, Billy Fuster and other greats of the onetime stellar Binghamton jazz scene.