UPCOMING: KC Jazz Club: Frank Wess Tribute

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Members of Frank’s last band will be playing a tribute concert in the jazz club of the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. on January 30th. Don’t miss it if you’re in the area! Scott Robinson – saxophone Terell Stafford – trumpet Ilya Lushtak – guitar Michael Weiss – piano Noriko Ueda – bass Winard Harper […]

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 […]

Obituaries

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JazzTimes: Frank Wess, Saxophonist and Flutist, Dies at 91 (10/30/13) Los Angeles Times: Frank Wess dies at 91; key player in major jazz ensembles (11/1/13) The New York Times: Frank Wess, 91, Saxophonist and Flutist With the Basie Band, Dies (11/3/13) The Washington Post: Frank Wess, jazz saxophonist with the Count Basie Orchestra, dies at […]

Letter from Philippe Chagne

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As you perhaps know, I left for New York urgently a week ago to see Frank. His wife Sara let me know not to delay. Last Sunday I went to see Frank with a sense of dread. My dear Frank was but the shadow of himself, very weak and thin. He spoke little. I gave […]

Magic 201

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Frank Wess – tenor saxophone, flute Kenny Barron – piano Russell Malone – guitar Rufus Reid – bass Winard Harper – drums For those who are hung up on the notion that “they don’t make ‘em like they used to”, Frank Wess’ latest IPO Recordings CD, Magic 201 offers a loudly contradictory “Yes we do!” […]

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, […]

Magic 101

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Frank Wess – tenor saxophone, flute Kenny Barron – piano Kenny Davis – bass Winard Harper – drums   By its very nature, great Jazz cannot be perfect. The essential components of improvisation, spontaneity, abandon, adventurousness, innovation and urgency produce a sense of excitement where you never know what might occur, and can provoke you […]

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 […]

JazzWax about the Commodore Sessions

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Frank Wess: Commodore Sessions by Marc Myers, JazzWax Virtually everything recorded by tenor saxophonist Frank Wess is worth hearing—and that’s saying something. Best known for his rock-solid playing along side Frank Foster in Count Basie’s band from 1953 to 1964, Wess’ solos always sound tough and tender, which is what makes them so compelling. Wess […]

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 […]

Frank Wess named “National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master”

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Multi-instrumentalist Frank Wess is being honored as one of the most influential and innovative flutists in jazz history. NEA’s press release: Seven Living Legends Of American Music Are Named As New National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Masters October 6, 2006 at 9:00 PM EDT Standing before an audience of jazz fans at Washington’s Lincoln […]

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 […]

Frank Wess to be honored at Juilliard Jazz’s Tribute to Jazz Legends on Tuesday, Febr 27, 2007 at 8 PM in the Peter Jay Sharp Theater at Juilliard

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EVENING ALSO PAYS TRIBUTE TO JAMES MOODY, DR. BILLY TAYLOR, CLARK TERRY, AND JOE WILDER, WITH PRESENTATION OF THE JUILLIARD PRESIDENT’S MEDALWITH APPEARANCES BY GUEST ARTISTS BENNY GOLSON AND AUDRA McDONALD Saxophonist Frank Wess joins the line-up at Juilliard Jazz’s Tribute to Jazz Legends, a special evening on Tuesday, February 27, 2007 at 8 PM […]

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 […]