Frank Lacy

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Ku-umba Frank Lacy (b. 1959, Houston, Texas) is an American jazz trombonist

His father was a teacher who had played guitar with Illinois Jacquet, Eddie Cleanhead Vinson, and Arnett Cobb; his mother sang gospel music.[1] He played piano from age eight, and played trumpet, euphonium, and tuba before settling on trombone at age 16.[citation needed]

He earned a bachelor's degree in physics[citation needed] before studying music at the Berklee College of Music,[citation needed] where he played with Branford Marsalis, Greg Osby, and Marvin Smith. Lacy then studied for his Masters degree at Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University. Following this Lacy worked with Henry Threadgill, Oliver Lake, Julius Hemphill, Dizzy Gillespie, Abdullah Ibrahim, Bobby Watson, David Murray, McCoy Tyner, and Lester Bowie. He also played in the Mingus Big Band and served as musical director for Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers.


Discography[edit]

As leader[edit]

  • Tonal Weights & Blue Fire (Enja/Tutu, 1990)
  • Settegast Strut: Live at Moods (Enja/Tutu, 1995)

As sideman[edit]

With Art Blakey

With New York Jazz Collective

  • I Don't Know This World Without Don Cherry (Naxos Jazz, 2001)

With David Murray

With Mauro Ottolini

With Superblue

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