Born: January 19, 1927 | Died: September 16, 1993
Frank Anthony Monterose Jr. (J.R. is simply a corruption of the Junior) is a native of Detroit, where he was born in 1927. He is not, however, a Detroiter by any other token than the accident of birth, for before he was old enough to talk, let alone blow a horn, he was transplanted by his family to Utica, N.Y., which has been home base ever since.
J.R.'s musical studies were centered mainly on the clarinet; he had very little formal saxophone training. The first great influences were Coleman Hawkins and the late Chu Berry; but the real inspiration that decided me to take up tenor seriously rather than clarinet or alto was, believe it or not, Tex Beneke....