Tony Fruscella

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Tony Fruscella
Also known as Fru
Born (1927-02-04)February 4, 1927
Orangeburg, New York
Died August 14, 1969(1969-08-14) (aged 42)
New York City, New York
Genres Jazz
Occupation(s) Trumpeter
Instruments Trumpet
Years active 1948–1960

Tony Fruscella[1] (February 4, 1927, Orangeburg, New York – August 14, 1969, New York City) was an American jazz trumpeter. He died[2] of liver cirrhosis in 1969.


Fruscella played in an Army band early in his career. He served as a sideman for numerous jazz musicians in the 1950s, including Charlie Barnet,[3] Lester Young,[4] Gerry Mulligan[5] (1954) and Stan Getz[6] (1955). He played with Don Joseph[7] later in the 1950s, but by the early 1960s his problems with drug abuse and alcoholism sidelined him from active performance.

He was married to singer Morgana King.[8] The marriage ended in divorce after nine years.[8] They had a daughter Graysan (1950–2008) and have a grandson, Morgan[9]

Tony Fruscella released only one record as a leader during his lifetime, 1955's I'll Be Seeing You (with Allen Eager[10] and Danny Bank[11]) on Atlantic Records. Several reissues of live material and studio outtakes followed his death.


Year Title Label / catalog # Notes
2008 Tony Fruscella Rhino/Wea UK Original release date 1955
2005 Tony's Blues Cool & Blue
2004 Pernod with Stan Getz Jazz Factory Spain
2004 Night at the Open Door Jazz Factory Spain Live
2001 Brooklyn Jam 1952 M&I Japan
Box sets and Compilations
Year Title Label / catalog # Notes
1999 Tony Fruscella: The Complete Works Jazz Factory Spain Album listing: Studio Recordings (2 CDs); Live Recordings (2 CDs)
Also appears on
Year Title Label / catalog # Notes
2007 Atlantic Top 60: Jazz, Jive and Strut Atlantic Recording Corp./Rhino Track listing: "I'll Be Seeing You"
1983 Simple Isn't Easy Sunnyside Bonus Track: Featuring Tony Fruscella



  1. ^ Bogdanov, Woodstra, Thomas All Music Guide to Jazz, The Definitive Guide to Jazz Music 2002, Page 443ISBN 0-87930-717-X
  2. ^ Tony Fruscella. NYTimes Aug 14, 1969
  3. ^ Charlie Barnet
  4. ^ Lester Young
  5. ^ Gerry Mulligan
  6. ^ Stan Getz
  7. ^ Don Joseph at Jazz Discography
  8. ^ a b Liner notes by Doug Ramsey – Morgana King album 'Stretchin' Out' (1977).
  9. ^ Liner Notes by Morgana King album titled 'I Just Can't Stop Loving You' (1991).
  10. ^ Allen Eager. eJazzNews
  11. ^ Danny Bank. JazzWax

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