Among the initial main jazz flutists, Frank Wess was also a high Lester Young-influenced tenor guy, an expert initial altoist, and an intermittent composer/arranger — certainly a very important man to get around. In early stages he toured with Blanche Calloway, offered in the armed forces, and acquired stints using the Billy Eckstine Orchestra (1946), Eddie Heywood, Lucky Millinder, and R&B superstar Bull Moose Jackson. Which was all only a prelude to Wess’ essential period with Count number Basie’s big music group, from 1953-1964. His flute playing, therefore expertly employed in Neal Hefti’s agreements, provided the Basie Orchestra a brand new new audio, and his cool-toned tenor contrasted well using the even more passionate audio of fellow tenor Frank Foster; Wess also acquired possibilities to play alto using the traditional big music group. Wess eventually freelanced in countless configurations, using Clark Terry’s big music group, the brand new York Jazz Quartet (with Roland Hanna) through the second fifty percent of the 1970s, Dameronia (1981-1985), and Toshiko Akiyoshi’s big music group, and also acquired periodic reunions with Frank Foster. Frank Wess led periods for Commodore (1954), Savoy, Prestige, Moodsville, Pablo (with Foster), Intensifying, Uptown, Concord, and City Crier. He passed away of a coronary attack at age 91 in Manhattan on Oct 30, 2013.
|1||Survivors included Sara Tsutsumi, his common law wife.|
|2||He was a member of Clark Terry's big band from 1967 into the 1970s.|
|3||Renowned for establishing the flute as a jazz instrument.|
|4||He performed with Billy Eckstine, Eddie Heywood, and Lucky Millinder in the 1940s, and from June 1953 to August 1964 he was a member of Count Basie's big band, in which he played saxophone. He recorded music with Thad Jones, Kenny Clarke, Milt Jackson, Kenny Burrell, Dorothy Ashby, and Etta Jones. He performed in Broadway shows and studio bands for television. Later, in the 1980s and 1990s, he worked with Kenny Barron, Rufus Reid, Buck Clayton, Benny Carter, Billy Taylor, Harry Edison, Mel Tormé, Ernestine Anderson, Toshiko Akiyoshi, Louie Bellson, John Pizzarelli, Howard Alden, Dick Hyman, Byron Stripling, Jane Jarvis, and Frank Vignola.|
|5||American flutist and tenor and alto saxophonist who grew up in Sapulpa, Oklahoma, and in Washington, DC.|
|Everyone Says I Love You||1996||musician: reeds|
|Mighty Aphrodite||1995||musician: Dick Hyman Orchestra|
|Diana Ross Live! The Lady Sings... Jazz & Blues: Stolen Moments||1992||TV Special documentary musician: alto sax|
|Alan & Naomi||1992||musician: saxophone|
|Sweet and Lowdown||1999||Club Musician (as Frank Wellington Wess)|
|My Elegy||1984||Video||Himself - Alto Saxophone|
|Strive for Jive||1993||Video||Himself|
|The 56th Annual Grammy Awards||2014||TV Special||Himself - Flutist / Saxophonist (In Memoriam)|
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