Inurnment Of Franks Ashes At Saint Peter’s Church

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Dear Jazz Community: Frank Wess is a lucky man! As I found out about the Columbarium at St. Peter’s Church through Ms. Lynne Mueller, Ms. Narita was calling me to honor Frank’s contribution to jazz with a fund which was almost the same amount as the fee for the Columbarium! I immediately understood that this […]

Frank passed away

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On October 30th Frank passed away at the age of 91. He left a great legacy to the world of jazz. He touched so many people and made wonderful friends all over the world. A Celebration of Life Memorial will be held at Saint Peter’s Church NYC on January 4th 2014 at 6:30 pm. Gratefully, […]

Frank Wess – Honoree at All Nite Soul – Saint Peter’s Church

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The Jazz Ministry at Saint Peter’s Church announces Frank Wess Honoree at All Night Soul 2010 Sunday, October 10 Saint Peter’s Church, 619 Lexington (at 54th Street), New York City On this the 40th anniversary of All Nite Soul, the Jazz Ministry of Saint Peter’s Church – the Jazz Church – is thrilled to honor […]

Frank at the Charlie Parker Jazz Festival

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With Frank Wess, the day’s headliner, the strictly-jazz crowd was on firm ground. Mr. Wess, at 87, remains a reliable messenger from another time: his shapely, easy-swinging saxophone solos in medium tempo were models of cool vernacular art. The notes went by softly, but the grammar and style of the solos were hard-boiled 1940s and […]

All About Jazz: Once Is Not Enough

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All About Jazz: Once Is Not Enough By Edward Bianco Frank Wess Nonet | Labeth Music (2009) Known affectionately as “Magic” to his professional colleagues, saxophonist/flautist Frank Wess is a living legend in the jazz world. His résumé includes stints with Billy Eckstine, the Clark Terry Big Band and a decade performing with the Count […]

Zan Stewart/The Star-Ledger: Frank Wess, 87, is master of many jazz styles

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Frank Wess, 87, is master of many jazz styles by Zan Stewart/The Star-Ledger Wednesday May 13, 2009, 2:25 PM JOHN MUNSON/THE STAR-LEDGER Frank Wess leads the Frank Wess Nonet at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola in New York City Tuesday. Frank Wess’ Celebration Nonet. When: Tonight through Sunday, 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. Where: Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, Jazz […]

Once Is Not Enough

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News: Frank just released his new CD “Once Is Not Enough!” “Once is not Enough”, Frank Wess’ newest release is capturing his optimism and romanticism very well. All the nonet pieces are full of light-hearted energy which reminds listener of Frank’s long career with the Basie Band. Another Basie alumni, Mr. Dennis Mackrel’s arrangements of […]

Letter from Frank

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Dearest Friends and Colleagues: With all your LOVE, ENCOURAGEMENT and SUPPORT, Frank Wess is enjoying his eighty-sixth year still playing saxophone and flute as always. After battling through some health crises, Frank now seems to be doing extremely well, both mentally and physically, evident by his latest musical antics. Last January, Frank received the prestigious […]

Melody Maker, April 20, 1957

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Frank Wess leads the flute revival – by Frank Dixon “Every time I look around I see a new jazz flute player,” says Frank Wess, who was in at the start of the jazz flute revival. We were in the artists’ bar at Belle Vue, Manchester. Frank was relaxing between the two Basie sessions of […]

AAJ: “Frank Wess Wisdom”

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Another great article from Scott H. Thompson (All About Jazz) One of the first major jazz flutists, Frank Wess has also been a top Lester Young-influenced tenorman, an expert first altoist, and an occasional composer/arranger—certainly a valuable man to have around. Early on he toured with Blanche Calloway, served in the military, and had stints […]

AAJ: “Frank Wess: The Message of Swing”

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Riel Lazarus of All About Jazz did a great article on Frank last year. We now got permission to reprint it here. THANKS A LOT!!! The genetic makeup of sax and flute legend Frank Wess is pure jazz. What else could explain over 60 years on the bandstand, dozens of cities seen and conquered, the […]