Frank Strozier

Frank Strozier

born on 13/6/1937 in Memphis, TN, United States

Frank Strozier

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Frank R. Strozier, Jr. (born June 13, 1937)[1] is an alto saxophonist renowned for his playing in the hard bop idiom.

Strozier was born in Memphis, Tennessee, where he learned to play piano.[1][2] He grew up in a middle-class family. His father, Frank, Sr., was a pharmacist who owned a drug store and his mother, Mildred, worked as a clerk in the same drug store.[3] In 1954, he moved to Chicago, where he performed with Harold Mabern, George Coleman, and Booker Little (all, like Strozier, from Memphis).[1] He recorded with the MJT + 3 from 1959–1960, and led sessions for Vee-Jay Records.

After moving to New York, Strozier was briefly with the Miles Davis Quintet in 1963[2] (between the tenures of Hank Mobley and George Coleman) and also gigged with Roy Haynes. He relocated to Los Angeles, where he worked with Chet Baker, Shelly Manne, and most notably the Don Ellis big band.[2] Returning to New York in 1971, Strozier worked with Keno Duke's Jazz Contemporaries,[1] the New York Jazz Repertory Company, Horace Parlan and Woody Shaw, as well others.


As leader

  • 1960: Fantastic Frank Strozier (Vee-Jay)
  • 1960: Cloudy and Cool (Vee-Jay)
  • 1961: Long Night (Jazzland)
  • 1962: March of the Siamese Children (Jazzland)
  • 1976: Dance, Dance (Trident Records)
  • 1976: Remember Me (SteepleChase Records)
  • 1977: What's Goin' On (Steeplechase)

As sideman

  • Chet Baker: Baby Breeze (Limelight, 1965)
  • Don Ellis Orchestra: Autumn (Columbia, 1968)
  • Booker Ervin: Exultation! (Prestige, 1963)
  • Louis Hayes: Variety Is the Spice (Gryphon, 1978)
  • Roy Haynes: Cymbalism (New Jazz, 1963)
  • Stafford James: The Stafford James Ensemble (Red, 1977)
  • Sam Jones: Down Home (Riverside, 1962)
  • Shelly Manne: Manne–That's Gershwin! (Capitol, 1965)
  • Shelly Manne: Boss Sounds! (Atlantic, 1966)
  • Shelly Manne: Jazz Gunn (Atlantic, 1967)
  • Shelly Manne: Perk Up (Concord Jazz, 1967 [1976])
  • Shelly Manne: Daktari (Atlantic, 1967)
  • MJT + 3: Walter Perkins' MJT + 3 (Vee-Jay, 1959), with Willie Thomas, Harold Mabern, Bob Cranshaw, Walter Perkins
  • MJT + 3: Make Everybody Happy (Vee-Jay, 1960)
  • MJT + 3: MJT + 3 (Vee-Jay, 1960)
  • MJT + 3: Message from Walton Street (Koch CD 2000 - unissued on LP)
  • Oliver Nelson: Black, Brown and Beautiful (Flying Dutchman, 1969)
  • Horace Parlan: Frank-ly Speaking (SteepleChase, 1977)
  • The Three Sounds and the Oliver Nelson Orchestra: Coldwater Flat (Blue Note, 1968)
  • The Young Lions: The Young Lions (Vee-Jay, 1960) with Lee Morgan, Wayne Shorter
  • Woody Shaw: Little Red's Fantasy (Muse, 1976)
  • Sonny Stitt: Dumpy Mama (Flying Dutchman, 1975)


  1. ^ a b c d Wynn, Ron (1994), All Music Guide to Jazz, M. Erlewine, V. Bogdanov, San Francisco: Miller Freeman, p. xxx, ISBN 0-87930-308-5
  2. ^ a b c Yanow, Scott. "Frank Strozier: Biography". Allmusic. Retrieved 2010-03-21.
This page was last modified 09.02.2019 18:18:59

This article uses material from the article Frank Strozier from the free encyclopedia Wikipedia and it is licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License.