The first Duffjam took place in the basement of a brick cape cod on Cottonwood Drive in Rocky River, Ohio. Tom Duffy, son of Pat and Joan Duffy, was only 15 when he jammed with his uncles, Bob and Dan, and was well on his way to a promising career in music.
However, several years later, on an icy road in Connecticut, tragedy struck when Tommy was killed in an automobile accident.
On what would have been Tom’s 21st birthday, Pat Cleary invited the Duffy family to his home in Springfield, Virginia to pay tribute to Tom’s talent and life.
For many years, this was celebrated at the Cleary house and subsequently moved to Fairfield University.
This year, Duffjam came back to its roots in Cleveland, Ohio. On August 31st, friends and family gathered at the Lake House in Avon Lake for food, drink, song and laughter, ending with everyone singing the traditional “Piano Man” by Billy Joel. .
Many thanks to everyone who made this fantastic event possible over the years.
Here’s to “Nine O’clock on a Saturday”!