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J.R. Monterose

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Primary Instrument: Sax, tenor

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.”...
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  • J.R. Monterose: J.R. Monterose

    Blue Note Records
    2008
  • T. T. T

    Blue Note
    1999
  • Bebop Loose & Live

    Blue Note
    1982
  • And A Little Pleasure

    Blue Note
    1981
  • Body And Soul

    Blue Note
    1970
  • Is Alive In Amsterdam Paradiso

    Blue Note
    1969

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