Several reliable sources, including pianist Harold Mabern (a fellow Memphis native and frequent Strozier collaborator), are reporting that Frank Strozier is alive and well, living in the state of Rhode Island. He remains musically inactive (update as of February 19, 2018).
This article was first published in The IAJRC Journal, Vol. 50, No. 1 – Spring 2017, pp. 36-43. With the IAJRC suspending operations and ceasing publication of the Journal, I am republishing the article here with some added graphics. Please contact me with any questions or comments. Introduction Although saxophonist Herb Geller (1928-2013) is remembered… Read more
For many years I had considered compiling the discography of trumpeter, flugelhornist and flumpeter Art Farmer. One of the most lyrical of jazz soloists, he has been on my radar since I first became interested in jazz in the early 1950s. But his 50-year career and substantial recording output discouraged me from embarking upon such… Read more
In many ways, Frank Strozier is a mystery wrapped in an enigma. Although highly regarded by his peers, he stopped playing saxophone and flute in the 1980s, made a brief stab at a piano career in 1990 (his first instrument) and has not been heard from since. Rumors abound as to his fate, including allegations… Read more
Since 2002, it has been a pleasure to collaborate with the New York City-based saxophonist/arranger/composer Chris Byars on a variety of projects involving the legacies of jazz innovators worthy of greater recognition. With the recent (January 2017) release of his Frank Strozier tribute, he has now recorded six such albums, all of which are mandatory listening… Read more
I have now added solo information to my Frank Strozier discography. This includes many live sessions where he really stretches out. In the process of doing this, I was forced to analyze some of the original compositions recorded in the 1960s and 1970s and discovered that they often have very unusual structures. In certain instances, I… Read more