Frank Strazzeri

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Frank Strazzeri (April 24, 1930 – May 9, 2014) was an American jazz pianist. He was born in Rochester, New York.

Strazzeri began on tenor saxophone and clarinet at age 12, then switched to piano soon after. He attended the Eastman School of Music, then took a job as a house pianist in a nightclub in Rochester in 1952. While there he accompanied visiting musicians such as Roy Eldridge and Billie Holiday. He relocated to New Orleans in 1954, playing with Sharkey Bonano and Al Hirt in a Dixieland jazz setting, but his main focus since has been bebop. He played with Charlie Ventura in 1957-58 and Woody Herman in 1959 before moving to Los Angeles in 1960. There he worked extensively as a studio musician on the West Coast jazz scene, and toured with Joe Williams, Maynard Ferguson, Les Brown and Elvis Presley!(1971–74). He also played with Elvis Presley in the famous "Aloha from Hawaii" concert (1973).He has also played with Terry Gibbs, Herb Ellis, the Lighthouse All-Stars, Art Pepper, Bud Shank, Cal Tjader, Louie Bellson, and Chet Baker, in addition to recording copiously as a leader. He died at the age of 84 on May 9, 2014.[1]


As leader[edit]

  • That's Him and This Is New (Revelation, 1969)
  • Taurus (Revelation, 1973)
  • View from Within with Don Menza (Creative World, 1973)
  • Frames with Don Menza (Glendale , 1975)
  • After the Rain with Sam Most and Bobby Shew (Catalyst, 1976)
  • Straz (Catalyst, 1977)
  • Relaxin' (Sea Breeze, 1980)
  • Kat Dancin' (Discovery, 1985)
  • Make Me Rainbows (Fresh Sound, 1987)
  • I Remember You (Fresh Sound, 1989)
  • Little Giant (Fresh Sound, 1989)
  • The Very Thought of You (Discovery, 1990)
  • Wood Winds West (Jazz Mark, 1992)
  • Frank's Blues (Night Life, 1992)
  • Moon and Sand (Discovery, 1993)
  • Somebody Loves Me (Fresh Sound, 1994)
  • Nobody Else But Me (Fresh Sound, 1997)
  • Live in Sorgues France (Jazz Mark, 2002)
  • Funk and Esoteric (Fresh Sound, 2004)

As sideman[edit]

With Curtis Amy

With Chet Baker

With the Red Mitchell-Harold Land Quintet


  1. ^ "Frank Strazzeri". 1930-04-24. Retrieved 2014-05-30.