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 […]