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Dan Frankowski

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Born: February, 1970    Primary Instrument: Trumpet

Dan Frankowski

Dan Frankowski is a thinker, novelty-seeker, trumpet player, and composer. He was raised in the Twin Cities, where his high school band (director Dennis Malmberg) and the Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies (GTCYS) were early crucibles, with peers like Michael Bland (later drummer for Prince's New Power Generation) and Michael Sutton (violinist in the Minnesota Orchestra). At Oberlin College, he studied jazz playing with Donald Byrd (the trumpeter), Kenny Davis, and Jack Wilkins, and jazz composition with Wendall Logan. At the University of Minnesota, he studied jazz with Ron McCurdy, which included master classes by Slide Hampton, Joshua Redman, Hal Galper, Terrel Stafford, and Wynton Marsalis...
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Reviews for Thought versus Emotion

Near-pop melodies mix with a bit of funk, while fire and especially lyricism both get their due on “Thought Versus Emotion.”

Twelve Frankowski originals prove his pen has plenty of ink and many flourishes .. Plus there are interesting covers ..

-Tom Surowicz, Star Tribune

“there are only two kinds of music: good and bad.” Fortunately, Thought Versus Emotion is easily classified as the former.

Each musician provides his ounce of glow..

-Andrea Canter, Jazz Police

[B]etween their own fiery originals, they work in inventive covers of Joni Mitchell's “All I Want,” Stevie Wonder's “Higher Ground” and Kevin Washington's “Three Days.”

-Ross Raihala, Pioneer Press

Dan has produced or co-produced four albums:
  • thought versus emotion (http://cdbaby.com/frankhouse) by Frankhouse. Jazz for people not afraid of attitude. The sounds range from rollicking to thoughtful to soulful to experimental. Mostly original, covers of Stevie Wonder and Joni Mitchell. Trumpet, sax, electric guitar, bass, drums, brains.
  • the dynamic duo (http://cdbaby.com/dynamicduo) by the dynamic duo. Trumpet and guitar. Original jazz, intimate and playful.
  • fuselage in the rumpus room (http://cdbaby.com/antonanddan) by anton and dan. Crazy jazz by two horn players. "Walk Like An Egyptian" like you've never heard it before.
  • twin cities suite (http://cdbaby.com/mpjs) by the Minnesota Postsecondary Jazz Sextet. This is a virtuostic jazz sextet with all-original music.

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