Tony Fruscella

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Tony Fruscella
Born(1927-02-04)February 4, 1927
Orangeburg, New York, U.S.
DiedAugust 14, 1969(1969-08-14) (aged 42)
New York City
Years active1948–1960

Tony Fruscella (February 4, 1927 – August 14, 1969) was an American jazz trumpeter.[1]


Tony Fruscella and his sister Maria, grew up in Greenwich Village, Manhattan, New York. He played in an Army band early in his career. He worked as a sideman in the 1950s for Charlie Barnet,[2] Lester Young, Gerry Mulligan (1954), and Stan Getz(1955). He played with Don Joseph[3] later in the 1950s, but by the early 1960s his problems with drug abuse and alcoholism prevented him from performing. Fruscella released one album, I'll Be Seeing You (1955), as a leader during his lifetime. It was recorded with Allen Eager and Danny Bank[4]) for Atlantic Records.

He was married to singer Morgana King.[5] The marriage ended in divorce after nine years.[5][6]


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
1981 Bebop Revisited, Vol. 3 Xanadu 172 Based on a private tape—Side A, #5-8 (PU Stomp, Darn that Dream, Tangerine, Loo-Padoo)

With Stan Getz


  • Harrison, Max. Modern Jazz, The Essential Records, A Critical Selection (1975) pp. 61ISBN 0-904619-01-X
  • Yanow, Scott. The Trumpet Kings, The Players Who Shaped the Sound of Jazz Trumpet (2001) pp. 162ISBN 0-87930-640-8
  • Kerouac, Jack. Lonesome Traveler (fiction) 1989 – Page 115ISBN 0-8021-3074-7
  • Stan Getz: Nobody Else But Me by Dave Gelly (2002) pp. 68ISBN 0-87930-729-3
  • Fifties Jazz Talk: An Oral Retrospective by Jack Gordon (2004) pp. 71- ISBN 0-8108-4997-6
  • The Biographical Encyclopedia of Jazz by Leonard Feather, Ira Gitler (2007) pp. 76ISBN 0-19-532000-X
  • The Jazz Discography by Tom Lord (1993) ISBN 1-881993-18-3
  • The Penguin Guide to Jazz by Richard Cook, Brian Morton (2002) pp. 536ISBN 0-14-101416-4


  1. ^ Bogdanov, Woodstra, Thomas All Music Guide to Jazz, The Definitive Guide to Jazz Music 2002, Page 443ISBN 0-87930-717-X
  2. ^ Charlie Barnet Archived 2009-03-07 at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ Don Joseph at Jazz Discography
  4. ^ Danny Bank. JazzWax
  5. ^ a b Liner notes by Doug Ramsey for Morgana King album Stretchin' Out (1977)
  6. ^ Liner Notes on Morgana King album I Just Can't Stop Loving You (1991)

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