Born: 4th January 1922 Kansas City, Missouri, USA.
Died: 30th October 2013 Manhattan, New York.
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.
Frank Wess Discography Tracks
- 702 Instruments & Performance
- 106 Writing & Arrangement
- 4 Featuring & Presenting
- 3 Conducting & Leading
- 1 Technical