Frank Strozier

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Frank Strozier
Birth nameFrank R. Strozier, Jr.
Born (1937-06-13) June 13, 1937 (age 81)
Memphis, Tennessee
OriginChicago, Illinois
InstrumentsAlto saxophone
LabelsVee-Jay, Jazzland, SteepleChase
Associated actsMJT + 3

Frank R. Strozier, Jr. (born June 13, 1937)[1] is an alto saxophonist renowned for his playing in the hard bop idiom.

Strozier was born in Memphis, Tennessee, where he learned to play piano.[1][2] He grew up in a middle-class family. His father, Frank, Sr., was a pharmacist who owned a drug store and his mother, Mildred, worked as a clerk in the same drug store.[3] In 1954, he moved to Chicago, where he performed with Harold Mabern, George Coleman, and Booker Little (all, like Strozier, from Memphis).[1] He recorded with the MJT + 3 from 1959–1960, and led sessions for Vee-Jay Records.

After moving to New York, Strozier was briefly with the Miles Davis Quintet in 1963[2] (between the tenures of Hank Mobley and George Coleman) and also gigged with Roy Haynes. He relocated to Los Angeles, where he worked with Chet Baker, Shelly Manne, and most notably the Don Ellis big band.[2] Returning to New York in 1971, Strozier worked with Keno Duke's Jazz Contemporaries,[1] the New York Jazz Repertory Company, Horace Parlan and Woody Shaw, as well others.


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  1. ^ a b c d Wynn, Ron (1994), All Music Guide to Jazz, M. Erlewine, V. Bogdanov, San Francisco: Miller Freeman, p. xxx, ISBN 0-87930-308-5
  2. ^ a b c Yanow, Scott. "Frank Strozier: Biography". Allmusic. Retrieved 2010-03-21.
  3. ^ "Sixteenth Census of the United States (1940) [database on-line], Memphis City, 40th Ward, Shelby County, Tennessee, Enumeration District: 98-263, Page: 3A, Lines: 28-31, household of Frank Strozier". United States: The Generations Network. 1940-04-04. Retrieved 2013-09-05.

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