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Frank Macchia

Primary Instrument: Composer/conductor

Born: October 12, 1958    

Born and raised in San Francisco, CA., Frank started on the clarinet at the age of ten years old. Soon afterward he began studies on bassoon, saxophone and flute. By the age of fourteen he began studying composition, writing jazz and classical pieces for his high school band and orchestra and for jazz ensembles that rehearsed at the local union hall, including trumpeter Mike Vax's Big Band.

In 1975-76 Frank wrote jazz/classical hybrid works that were performed by the San Francisco Symphony and local professional jazz musicians at the Summer Music Workshop Programs, and he composed and conducted an orchestral overture for his high school graduation ceremony. During this time period he also performed and arranged music for contemporary dance bands in the Bay Area....
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Awards

1979- Down Beat DB Award (2nd place) "March of the Gargoyles"
1981- National Endowment for the Arts Grant- for jazz composition
1997- Publisher's Weekly "Listen Up" Award
2004 Sundance Film Composer Fellow
2007- Blue Chip Award- best Jazz of 2007 from Dr. Herb Wong
2007 Grammy Nomination - Best Instrumental Arrangement for "Black Is the Color Of My True Love's Hair"
2008 Grammy Nomination - Best Instrumental Arrangement for "Down In the Valley"
2010 Grammy Nomination - Best Instrumental Arrangement for "Skip to My Lou"
2010 JazzTimes Critics Best of 2010- "Folk Songs for Jazzers"
2010 Down Beat Top CDs of 2010- "Folk Songs for Jazzers"
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    Grease Mechanix

    Cacophony
    2013
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    Frank Macchia's Swamp Thang

    Cacophony
    2012
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    Fried Zombie Stew

    Original Jazz Classics
    2012
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    Son of Folk Songs for Jazzers

    Cacophony
    2011
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    Son Of Folk Songs For Jazzers

    Original Jazz Classics
    2010
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    Folk Songs For Jazzers

    Cacophony
    2010
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    Saxolollapalooza

    Cacophony
    2009
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DownBeat
Review by Michael Jackson
March, 2013

This is the sophomore outing for California saxophonist Frank Macchia's Swamp Thang sextet, and artist Guy Vasilovich has created another terrifying cover painting, satisfying Macchia's macabre sense of humor (he produced a series of audio horror stories titled “Little Evil Things” back in the late '90s). “Thumpety Thump Thump” is a terror that awaits many of us since it refers to a heart complaint brought on by indulgent eating, as Macchia half apologetically recounts from personal experience. It fi ts the gumbo theme of New Orleans with funk and second line fl avors ostensible on “Zig Zag” (a nod to Zigaboo Modeliste?), a slow cooked feature for guitarist Ken Rosser, and “Jiggle Wiggle,” which boasts more whipcrack playing from drummer Frank Briggs...

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Primary InstrumentComposer/conductor

LocationBurbank, CA

Willing to teachAdvanced students only.

Credentials/BackgroundProfessor at Berklee College of Music 1980-1981- taught arranging and harmony Will teach arranging, composition, orchestration @ $100 per hour lesson in Los Angeles Area - private instruction focused on students' needs and desires. Analysis of Duke Ellington, Gil Evans, Thad Jones, as well as Stravinsky, Bartok, orchestration techniques.

Endorser for Alexander Reeds Plays Selmer Saxophones Haynes Flute Hogenhuis Contrabass Flute Selmer/Yamaha/Leblanc Clarinets
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