Joel Frahm

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Joel Frahm
Frahm in 2013
Frahm in 2013
Background information
BornRacine, Wisconsin, U.S.
Years active1988–present

Joel Frahm (born 1970[note 1]) is an American jazz saxophonist.

Early life[edit]

Frahm was born in Racine, Wisconsin, in 1970.[1][note 2] He attended the Stephen Bull Fine Arts School, where he began playing the tenor saxophone.[1] At the age of 15 he and his family moved to West Hartford, Connecticut, where he attended William H. Hall High School.[1] He met pianist Brad Mehldau at school, and the two had weekly gigs locally.[1] "After leaving high school in 1988, Frahm attended Rutgers University for a year before transferring to The Manhattan School of Music, and following graduation with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Jazz Performance he entered Betty Carter's Jazz Ahead workshop."[1]

Frahm lists saxophonists John Coltrane, Stan Getz and Chris Potter as influences.[2]

Later life and career[edit]

His debut recording as a leader was Sorry, No Decaf, for Palmetto Records, in 1998.[3] A 2001 recording, Don't Explain, was a series of duets with Mehldau.[3]


As leader/co-leader[edit]

  • Sorry, No Decaf (Palmetto, 1998)
  • The Navigator (Palmetto, 2000)
  • Don't Explain (Palmetto, 2001)
  • We Used to Dance (Anzic, 2005)
  • With Bruce Katz, Project A. (Anzic, 2009)
  • Caminhos Cruzados (Venus, 2010)
  • Live at Smalls (Smallslive, 2011)
  • With Pavel Wlosok Trio, Czechmate (New Port Line, 2013)
  • With Johannes Mössinger, New by Two (Unit, 2017)

As sideman[edit]

With Omer Avital

  • New Song (2014)

With Brad Mehldau

As invited soloist[edit]

With Sant Andreu Jazz Band, Barcelona

  • Jazzing 6 Vol. 1+2, Temps (2016))[4][5]


  1. ^ a b c d e "Joel Frahm". AllMusic. Retrieved December 8, 2016.
  2. ^ Milkowski, Bill (December 2000) "Joel Frahm". JazzTimes.
  3. ^ a b Cook, Richard; Morton, Brian (2008). The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings (9th ed.). Penguin. p. 503. ISBN 978-0-14-103401-0.
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  1. ^ A request to change this to 1969 has been submitted to AllMusic
  2. ^ A request to change this to 1969 has been submitted to AllMusic

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