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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 BoySammy Davis1964-65
The Apple TreeBarbara Harris1966-67
Golden RainbowSteve Lawrence-Eddie Gorme
IreneDebbie Reynolds
ChicagoChita Rivera-Gwen Vendor
Sugar BabiesMickey 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

All Count Basie Band Records1954-1964
Storyville LP 3181954
Vanguard JRS80071954
Savoy / Kenny Clarke1955
Savoy / Flute & Reeds1955
Storyville 905 / Joe Newman1956
Savoy 12086 / Frank Wess1956
Savoy / Pin Up1956
Savoy / Opus de Jazz
Moodsville / Frank Wess Quartet1960
Prestige / Frank Wess Octet1962
Prestige / Yo Ho1963
CTI / N.Y. Jazz Quartet Live In Japan1975
Sonet / Song of the Blacknight
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 Orchestra1989
Concord / Frank Wess Orchestra1990
Town Crier / Going Wess1994
Gemini / Surprise ! Surprise !1994
Concord / Trying To Make My Blues Turn Green1994