Frank Wess, January 4, 1922 – October 30, 2013

Frank Wess

We have confirmation that Frank Wess died today. The flutist and saxophonist succumbed to kidney failure at 91. Wess played with undiminished spirit and creativity that kept him in the forefront of jazz soloists for decades after most of his contemporaries had retired or died. A professional from the age of 19, following service in World War Two Wess joined Billy Eckstine's big band. After earning a conservatory degree in flute, he became a member of Count Basie's reed section in 1953 and … [Read more...]