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....
Awards1979- 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"
Frank Macchia's Swamp ThangCacophony
Fried Zombie StewOriginal Jazz Classics
Son of Folk Songs for JazzersCacophony
Son Of Folk Songs For JazzersOriginal Jazz Classics
Folk Songs For JazzersCacophony
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Frank Macchia's Swamp Thang
Son of Folk Songs for Jazzers
Folk Songs for Jazzers
- Grease Mechanix by Jack Bowers
- Frank Macchia's Swamp Thang by Dan McClenaghan
- Son of Folk Songs for Jazzers by Edward Blanco
- Son of Folk Songs for Jazzers by Dan McClenaghan
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