BORN ON

4 January – Frank Wess

Frank Wellington Wess (4 January 1922 – 30 October 2013) was an American jazz saxophonist and flautist.

Wess’s first instrument was the alto sax, which he learned to play as a child. He started working in big bands when he was 19 and continued to play during the Second World War in army bands. From 1953 to 1964, he was in Count Basie’s band, first playing flute and tenor sax, then switching to alto.

He recorded dozens of LPs with Basie and introduced the flute as an independent voice to jazz audiences, becoming one of its first major soloists. During this time, he and fellow tenor player Frank Foster formed a unique and long-lasting partnership – known as the Two Franks.

Wess later played in Clark Terry’s big band and the New York Jazz Quartet. He also collaborated with a wide range of other musicians and enjoyed a long studio and TV career.

Information from frankwess.org and Wikipedia

 

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s