Gullotti was the drummer for the Fringe, an innovative free-jazz trio that he cofounded in 1972. The Fringe quickly became a seminal act on the Boston scene, with longstanding residencies across several clubs and other venues. In addition, he headed his own Bob Gullotti Project. Gullotti also toured with the likes of J.J. Johnson, Joe Lovano, and John Patitucci, and was known to fans of the jam band Phish for his sit-ins with the group (and work with Phish member Trey Anastasio on the latter’s project Surrender to the Air).
Perhaps most importantly, Gullotti was a beloved educator, both from his perch at Berklee and in private lessons, master classes, and workshops that he conducted around Boston and the United States with musicians at all levels.
“One of the most kind musicians I’ve ever had the pleasure of making music with, and a huge inspiration for me,” wrote drummer/composer Tyshawn Sorey on Facebook.
“He taught me a lot