Contents • • • • • • • • • • • • Biography [ ] Early life (1933–1947) [ ] Frank Morgan was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota in 1933, but spent most of his childhood living with his grandmother in Milwaukee, Wisconsin while his parents were on tour. Morgan's father Stanley was a guitarist with and the Rockets and, and his mother, Geraldine, was a 14-year-old student when she gave birth to him. Morgan took up his father's instrument at an early age, but lost interest the moment he saw Charlie Parker take his first solo with the band at the Paradise Theater in Detroit, Michigan. Stanley introduced them backstage, where Parker offered Morgan advice about starting out on the alto sax, and they met at a music store the following day. Morgan, seven years old at the time, assumed they'd be picking out a saxophone, but Parker suggested he start on the to develop his. Morgan practiced on the clarinet for about two years before acquiring a soprano sax, and finally, an alto. Morgan moved to live with his father (by that time divorced) in Los Angeles, California at the age of 14, after his grandmother caught him with marijuana.
The very status of that great album (I've got the CD but fondly recall the double-LP from Strata-East, an exceptional, short-lived, artist-run record label) tells a remarkable and troubled story, of the glory and curse of “jazz” itself. Some musicians dislike that word (Ahmad Jamal distances himself from it, Nicholas Payton utterly. This is the discography for jazz record label Prestige Records. Not all original releases are included. Others are listed by the Jazz Discography Project. Jul 18, 2015. Learn about and follow jazz musician Cedar Walton (Piano) at All About Jazz.
At War With Self Torn Between Dimensions Rarity more. Los Angeles (1947–1955) [ ] As a teenager Morgan had opportunities to jam with the likes of and on Sunday afternoons at the Crystal Tearoom. When he was just 15 years old, Morgan was offered 's spot in 's Orchestra, but Stanley deemed him too young for touring. Instead he joined the house band at Club Alabam where he backed vocal luminaries such as and.
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