Frank Haynes (musician)

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Frank Haynes, Jr. (October 8, 1928 – November 30, 1965) was an American jazz tenor saxophonist who recorded in the 1950s and 1960s.

He was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, the son of Eula and Frank Haynes. He served in the US Air Force Band between 1947 and 1950, and after his discharge lived in Oakland, California with his first wife and children. During the 1950s, he played in various jazz groups in clubs in San Francisco, before forming his own quartet who toured in California.[1] He first recorded in Los Angeles in 1954, as a member of the Gerald Wilson big band.[2]

Haynes remarried and moved to New York City in 1959. Over the next few years, he appeared at many jazz clubs in New York, including Birdland, the Five Spot, the Village Vanguard, and the Village Gate.[1] In 1961, he was a member of the Dave Bailey Quintet who recorded the albums Reaching Out, Bash!, and 2 Feet in the Gutter, which included the original version of the popular tune "Comin' Home Baby".[3] He also recorded with Kenny Dorham, Les McCann, Walter Bishop, T-Bone Walker, Sonny Forriest, Grant Green and Randy Weston.[2][4] Haynes recorded his own album, Frankly Speaking, with guitarist and songwriter Rudy Stevenson, but it was never released.[1]

He died at the age of 37 in 1965, from sickle cell disease and lung cancer, and was buried at Long Island National Cemetery, New York.[1] A memorial service for Haynes was attended by John Coltrane, Thelonious Monk, Sonny Rollins and others.[5]

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