Jimmy Amadie, the Philadelphia jazz pianist and teacher who battled through severe tendinitis to return to the stage after a 44 year absence in 2011, died on Tuesday.

There will be a full obit for Amadie, who grew up in the Tioga section of North Philadelphia and lived in Bala Cynwyd, in Saturday's Inquirer. Today, guitarist Pat Martino reacted to Amadie's death by saying "Philadelphia has been the home base for some extremely significant jazz artists....Not only has Jimmy Amadie been a significant addition to jazz history, but even more so he mastered being a very special person, and we'll miss him deeply!"