Billy Eckstine Orchestra 1946 / Frank is right front side when he was 24 years old.
Real Audio Kansas City Side / Savoy
|Born January 4, 1922 in Kansas City, Missouri. Began music training in Sapulpa, Oklahoma in 1932. Moved to Washington DC in 1935. Was graduated from Dunbar High School in 1937. Attended Howard University Music Conservatory in 1937-1938. Played in dance theater and club bands until 1941. Served in army band 1941-1945 as assistant bandleader-solo clarinet in Liberia, Dakar, Casablanca, Algiers, Tlemcen, Oran. Led 17 piece swingband that accompanied Josephine Baker in concerts for allied troops in Africa during World War II. After World War II, toured with: Billy Eckstine Orchestra 1946-1947 Eddie Heywood Orchestra 1947 Lucky Millender Orchestra 1948 Bullmoose Jacson 1948-1949 Returned to Washington DC and attended the Modern School Of Music 1949-1953. Recieved bachelor of music degree(flute major). Toured extensively with the Count Basie Orchestra 1953-1964 Entire U.S.A., Sweden, Norway, Denmark, England(giving a command performance for Queen Elizabeth), Netherlands, Spain, France, Portugal, Belgium, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Japan, Hawaii, Yugoslavia, the Bahamas and Canada. Left the Count Basie Orchestra in 1964 to free lance in New York City. (jingles, records, Broadway shows, concerts, clinics, club, composing, arranging and teaching).|Played Broadway shows Golden Boy Sammy Davis 1964-65 The Apple Tree Barbara Harris 1966-67 Golden Rainbow Steve Lawrence-Eddie Gorme Irene Debbie Reynolds Chicago Chita Rivera-Gwen Vendor Annie Sugar Babies Mickey Rooney TV shows While on staff at ABC, played Dick Cavett Show That's Life David Frost Show with Billy Taylor Orchestra Night Of A Hundred Stars with Eliot Lawrence Canteen with Cab Calloway and Maxine Sullivan PBS Special with Helen Forest, Margaret Whitings, Herb Jefferies Tony Brown's Journal with Billy Taylor Saturday Night Live with Howard Cosell Muscular Dystrophy Telethon-Jerry Lewis Cerebral Palsy Telethon_Paul Anka Sammy Davis TV Show Jazz band & groups since 1975 Frank Wess Quartet with Roland Hanna, Ben Riley, Ron Carter New York Jazz Quartet with Roland Hanna, Goerge Mratz, Smitty Smith Two Franks with Frank Foster, Kenny Barron, Rufus Reied, Smitty Smit Two At The Top with Jonny Coles Benny Goodman Septet with B. Goodman, M. Stann, U. Green Slam Stewart Qualtet Billy Taylor Orchestra Toshiko Akiyoshi Orchestra Walt Levinsky Orchestra Eliot Lawrence Orchestra Bobby Rosengarden Orchestra New York Repertory Orchestra Tony Cabot Orchestra Benny Carter Orchestra Dizzy Gillespie Dream Band Phillip Morris Super Band Carnegie Hall Big Band Workshops & Adjudications Miami University Cornell University Notre Dame University Cuyahoga College S.U.N.Y. Binghamton University Of Arizona at Tempi High Schools In Phoenix area Capitol University, Columbus, Ohio Spokane Comm. College Oberlin University University Of Minnesota University Of Kansas University Of New Hampshire University Of Central Florida Recording All Count Basie Band Records 1954-1964 Storyville LP 318 1954 Vanguard JRS8007 1954 Savoy / Kenny Clarke 1955 Savoy / Flute & Reeds 1955 Jazztone 1956 Storyville 905 / Joe Newman 1956 Savoy 12086 / Frank Wess 1956 Savoy / Pin Up 1956 Savoy / Opus de Jazz Moodsville / Frank Wess Quartet 1960 Prestige / Frank Wess Octet 1962 Prestige / Yo Ho 1963 CTI / N.Y. Jazz Quartet Live In Japan 1975 Sonet / Song of the Blacknight Surge Beehive / N.Y. Jazz Quartet In Chicago Uptown / Two At The Top Pablo / Two For The Blues Concord / Frankly Speaking Ascent / Ten Gallon Shuffle-Toshiko Akiyoshi Orchestra Ascent Wishing Peace-Toshiko Akiyoshi Orchestra Concord / Frank Wess-Harry Edison Orchestra 1989 Concord / Frank Wess Orchestra 1990 Town Crier / Going Wess 1994 Gemini / Surprise ! Surprise ! 1994 Concord / Trying To Make My Blues Turn Green 1994