Frank Capp

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Frank Capp
Birth nameFrancis Cappuccio
Born(1931-08-20)August 20, 1931
Worcester, Massachusetts, U.S.
DiedSeptember 12, 2017(2017-09-12) (aged 86)
Studio City, California, U.S.
GenresJazz, rock
InstrumentsDrums, percussion, vibraphone
Associated acts

Frank "Frankie" Capp (August 20, 1931 – September 12, 2017) was an American jazz drummer. Capp also played on numerous rock and roll sessions and is considered to be a member of The Wrecking Crew.[1]


Capp was born Francis Cappuccio[2] August 20, 1931, in Worcester, Massachusetts. He began playing with Stan Kenton in 1951 and remained with Kenton for some time. Later he joined Neal Hefti's group. He often accompanied Peggy Lee on her road dates and subsequently went to Los Angeles where he joined Billy May and recorded with The Wrecking Crew. Together with Nat Pierce he founded the Capp/Pierce Juggernaut Big Band in 1975. In In his later years, he resided in Studio City with his partner, Loralee Singman, and performed every Tuesday at Las Hadas Restaurant in Northridge, California accompanied by his fellow jazz colleagues.[3] In 2016, Capp wrote and published his autobiography Drumming Up Business: My Life in Music.[4]

Capp complained that rock drummers had ruined drum hardware. By playing harder than jazz drummers, cymbal stands were built heavier over the years. He said, "I used to be able to move my entire drum kit by myself on the NYC subway."[citation needed]

Selected discography[edit]

With Stan Kenton

With Herbie Harper Quintet

  • Five Brothers (Tampa Records, 1955)

With The Mitchells: Red Mitchell, Whitey Mitchell, Blue Mitchell and André Previn

With André Previn

With Shorty Rogers

With Ben Webster

With Joe Pass

With Bud Shank

With Sonny and Cher

With Michael Nesmith

With Chet Baker

With Jack Nitzsche

With Anita O'Day

As The Frank Capp Juggernaut

  • In A Hefti Bag (Concord, 1995)


  1. ^ "Frank W. Capp's Obituary on Los Angeles Times". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 27 September 2017.
  2. ^ "Frank Capp".
  3. ^ Yanow, Scott. "Frank Capp Biography". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 31 July 2013.
  4. ^ Frankie, Capp (2016). Drumming Up Business: My Life in Music. Outskirts Press. ISBN 978-1478780083.


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