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 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.
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Frank Wess Discography Tracks

Albums

Frank Wess - Flutes & Reeds album art 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 US 1955 Sell This Version
Frank Wess - Opus De Jazz album art Frank Wess, Milt Jackson, Hank Jones, Eddie Jones, Kenny Clarke Frank Wess, Milt Jackson, Hank Jones, Eddie Jones, Kenny Clarke - Opus De Jazz (Album) Savoy Records US 1955 Sell This Version
Frank Wess - Opus In Swing album art 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, Savoy Records US 1956 Sell This Version
Frank Wess - Trombones album art Frank Wess, Henry Coker, Bill Hughes (2), Jimmy Cleveland, Benny Powell Frank Wess, Henry Coker, Bill Hughes (2), Jimmy Cleveland, Benny Powell - Trombones (Album) Savoy Records UK 1956 Sell This Version
Frank Wess - North, South, East.....Wess album art Frank Wess, Frank Foster, Henry Coker, Benny Powell, Kenny Burrell, Eddie Jones, Kenny Clarke Frank Wess, Frank Foster, Henry Coker, Benny Powell, Kenny Burrell, Eddie Jones, Kenny Clarke - North, South, East.....Wess (Album) Savoy Records Canada 1956 Sell This Version
Frank Wess - After Hours album art Thad Jones / Frank Wess / Kenny Burrell / Mal Waldron / Paul Chambers (3) / Art Taylor Thad Jones / Frank Wess / Kenny Burrell / Mal Waldron / Paul Chambers (3) / Art Taylor - After Hours (Album) Prestige UK 1957 Sell This Version
Frank Wess - Jazz For Playboys album art 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 US 1957 Sell This Version
Frank Wess - Wheelin' & Dealin' album art Frank Wess, John Coltrane, Paul Quinichette, Mal Waldron, Doug Watkins, Arthur Taylor*, The Prestige All Stars Frank Wess, John Coltrane, Paul Quinichette, Mal Waldron, Doug Watkins, Arthur Taylor*, The Prestige All Stars - Wheelin' & Dealin' (Album) Prestige, Prestige US 1957 Sell This Version
Frank Wess - Olio album art Thad Jones - Frank Wess - Teddy Charles - Mal Waldron - Doug Watkins - Elvin Jones, The Prestige All Stars Thad Jones - Frank Wess - Teddy Charles - Mal Waldron - Doug Watkins - Elvin Jones, The Prestige All Stars - Olio (Album) Prestige, Prestige, Prestige US 1957 Sell This Version
Frank Wess - Hip Harp album art Dorothy Ashby with Frank Wess Dorothy Ashby with Frank Wess - Hip Harp (Album) Prestige, Prestige US 1958 Sell This Version
Frank Wess - In A Minor Groove album art Dorothy Ashby And Frank Wess Dorothy Ashby And Frank Wess - In A Minor Groove (Album) New Jazz, New Jazz US 1958 Sell This Version
MGS-20003 Frank Wess - The Spirit Of Charlie Parker album art 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
Frank Wess - Jive At Five album art The Joe Newman Quintet* Featuring Frank Wess The Joe Newman Quintet* Featuring Frank Wess - Jive At Five (Album) Prestige Swingville US 1960 Sell This Version
LP 3024, VJLP-3024 Frank Wess - Juggin' Around album art Gene Ammons, Nat Adderley, Frank Foster, Benny Green*, Frank Wess, Tommy Flanagan, Ed Jones*, Albert Heath Gene Ammons, Nat Adderley, Frank Foster, Benny Green*, Frank Wess, Tommy Flanagan, Ed Jones*, Albert Heath - Juggin' Around(LP, Album, Mono, RE, Mic) Vee Jay Records, Vee Jay Records LP 3024, VJLP-3024 US 1962 Sell This Version
Frank Wess - Southern Comfort album art Frank Wess Southern Comfort (Album) Prestige, Prestige US 1962 Sell This Version
Frank Wess - Yo Ho! Poor You, Little Me album art Frank Wess Yo Ho! Poor You, Little Me (Album) Prestige US 1963 Sell This Version
Frank Wess - The Award Winner album art Frank Wess The Award Winner (Album) Mainstream Records US 1964 Sell This Version
56033 Frank Wess - The Award Winner album art Frank Wess The Award Winner(LP, Album, Mono) Mainstream Records 56033 US 1964 Sell This Version
Frank Wess - The Dealers album art 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) US 1965 Sell This Version
Frank Wess - Wess To Memphis album art Frank Wess Wess To Memphis (Album) Enterprise UK 1971 Sell This Version
Frank Wess - Flute Of The Loom album art Frank Wess Flute Of The Loom (Album) Enterprise US 1973 Sell This Version
Frank Wess - Monday Stroll album art Kenny Burrell With Frank Wess Kenny Burrell With Frank Wess - Monday Stroll (Album) Savoy Records US 1978 Sell This Version
Frank Wess - Flute Juice album art Frank Wess Flute Juice (Album) Progressive Records (2) Japan 1981 Sell This Version
UP 27.14 Frank Wess - Two At The Top album art Frank Wess / Johnny Coles Frank Wess / Johnny Coles - Two At The Top(LP, Album) Uptown Records (2) UP 27.14 US 1983 Sell This Version
K18P 9347 Frank Wess - Opus De Blues album art Frank Wess Opus De Blues(LP, Album) Savoy Jazz K18P 9347 Japan 1984 Sell This Version