Frank Wess

Frank Wess

Real Name:
Frank Wellington Wess
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Saxophonist, flautist, arranger and composer.
Born: 4th January 1922 Kansas City, Missouri, USA
Died: 30th October 2013

Member of Billy Eckstine's orchestra from 1946 to 1947, Eddie Haywood's orchestra in 1947 and Lucky Millinder's orchestra in 1948. Worked with Bullmoose Jackson from 1948 to 1949, Count Basie from 1953 to 1964, where he formed a famous pairing, billed as "The Two Franks", with fellow saxophonist Frank Foster and Clark Terry's Big Band from 1967 to 1970. Has also done a lot of session work, Broadway shows, jingles and played in the bands for TV shows Saturday Night Live and The David Frost Show (1969-72). Made a National Endowment for the Arts jazz master in 2007.
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Frank Wess Discography

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MG 12022 Ernie Wilkins / Frank Wess / Jerome Richardson / Hank Jones / Eddie Jones / Kenny Clarke Ernie Wilkins / Frank Wess / Jerome Richardson / Hank Jones / Eddie Jones / Kenny Clarke - Flutes & Reeds (Album) Savoy Records MG 12022 US 1955 Sell This Version
MG-12036 Milt Jackson, Frank Wess, Kenny Clarke, Hank Jones, Eddie Jones Milt Jackson, Frank Wess, Kenny Clarke, Hank Jones, Eddie Jones - Opus De Jazz (Album) Savoy Records MG-12036 US 1955 Sell This Version
MG 12085 Frank Wess, Kenny Burrell, Freddie Green, Eddie Jones, Kenny Clarke Frank Wess, Kenny Burrell, Freddie Green, Eddie Jones, Kenny Clarke - Opus In Swing (Album) Savoy Records MG 12085 US 1956 Sell This Version
LTZ-C 15051 Frank Wess, Frank Foster, Benny Powell Bennie Powell Henry Coker, Eddie Jones, Kenny Clarke Frank Wess, Frank Foster, Benny Powell Bennie Powell Henry Coker, Eddie Jones, Kenny Clarke - North, South, East.....Wess (Album) Savoy Record Co., Inc. LTZ-C 15051 UK 1956 Sell This Version
MG 12086 Frank Wess, Henry Coker, Bill Hughes (2), Jimmy Cleveland, Benny Powell Frank Wess, Henry Coker, Bill Hughes (2), Jimmy Cleveland, Benny Powell - Trombones(LP, Album, Mono) Savoy Records MG 12086 US 1956 Sell This Version
7118 Thad Jones / Kenny Burrell / Frank Wess / Mal Waldron / Paul Chambers (3) / Arthur Taylor* Thad Jones / Kenny Burrell / Frank Wess / Mal Waldron / Paul Chambers (3) / Arthur Taylor* - After Hours (Album) Prestige 7118 US 1957 Sell This Version
MG 12095 Frank Wess, Kenny Burrell, Joe Newman, Freddie Green, Eddie Jones, Ed Thigpen, Gus Johnson Frank Wess, Kenny Burrell, Joe Newman, Freddie Green, Eddie Jones, Ed Thigpen, Gus Johnson - Jazz For Playboys (Album) Savoy Records MG 12095 US 1957 Sell This Version
7131, PRLP 7131 Frank Wess, John Coltrane, Paul Quinichette, Mal Waldron, Doug Watkins, Arthur Taylor* Frank Wess, John Coltrane, Paul Quinichette, Mal Waldron, Doug Watkins, Arthur Taylor* - Wheelin' & Dealin' (Album) Prestige, Prestige 7131, PRLP 7131 US 1957 Sell This Version
7084, LP 7084, PRLP 7084 Thad Jones - Frank Wess - Teddy Charles - Mal Waldron - Doug Watkins - Elvin Jones Thad Jones - Frank Wess - Teddy Charles - Mal Waldron - Doug Watkins - Elvin Jones - Olio (Album) Prestige, Prestige, Prestige 7084, LP 7084, PRLP 7084 US 1957 Sell This Version
7140, PRLP 7140 Dorothy Ashby with Frank Wess Dorothy Ashby with Frank Wess - Hip Harp (Album) Prestige, Prestige 7140, PRLP 7140 US 1958 Sell This Version
8209, PRLP 8209 Dorothy Ashby And Frank Wess Dorothy Ashby And Frank Wess - In A Minor Groove (Album) New Jazz, New Jazz 8209, PRLP 8209 US 1958 Sell This Version
MGS-20003 Frank Wess - Bobby Jaspar - Seldon Powell Frank Wess - Bobby Jaspar - Seldon Powell - The Spirit Of Charlie Parker(LP, Album) World Wide Records (10) MGS-20003 US 1958 Sell This Version
SVLP 2011 The Joe Newman Quintet* Featuring Frank Wess The Joe Newman Quintet* Featuring Frank Wess - Jive At Five (Album) Prestige Swingville SVLP 2011 US 1960 Sell This Version
PR 7231, PRLP 7231 Frank Wess Southern Comfort (Album) Prestige, Prestige PR 7231, PRLP 7231 US 1962 Sell This Version
PRST 7266, 7266 Frank Wess Yo Ho! Poor You, Little Me (Album) Prestige PRST 7266, 7266 US 1963 Sell This Version
PR 7278 Frank Wess Steamin'(LP) Prestige PR 7278 US 1963 Sell This Version
56033 Frank Wess The Award Winner (Album) Mainstream Records 56033 US 1964 Sell This Version
8316, ST 8316 Mal Waldron With John Coltrane / Jackie McLean / Paul Quinichette / Frank Wess Mal Waldron With John Coltrane / Jackie McLean / Paul Quinichette / Frank Wess - The Dealers (Album) Status Records (2), Status Records (2) 8316, ST 8316 US 1965 Sell This Version
2362-011 Frank Wess Wess To Memphis (Album) Enterprise 2362-011 UK 1971 Sell This Version
ENS-5006 Frank Wess Flute Of The Loom (Album) Enterprise ENS-5006 US 1973 Sell This Version
SJL 1120 Kenny Burrell With Frank Wess Kenny Burrell With Frank Wess - Monday Stroll (Album) Savoy Records SJL 1120 US 1978 Sell This Version
PRO 7057 Frank Wess Battle Royal (Album) Progressive Records (2) PRO 7057 Japan 1981 Sell This Version
PRO 7057 Frank Wess Flute Juice(LP) Progressive Records (2) PRO 7057 US 1981 Sell This Version
UP 27.14 Frank Wess And Johnny Coles Frank Wess And Johnny Coles - Two At The Top(LP, Album) Uptown Records (2) UP 27.14 US 1983 Sell This Version
2310-905 Frank Foster + Frank Wess Frank Foster + Frank Wess - Two For The Blues (Album) Pablo Records 2310-905 US 1984 Sell This Version