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Frank Jolliffe

Born: September 5, 1958 | Died: February 8, 2012    Primary Instrument: Guitar

Frank Jolliffe

Frank Jolliffe was a pioneering jazz instrumentalist specializing in “touchstyle” instruments--a term he coined that came to be widely used to describe the Chapman Stick, Warr guitar and other stringed instrument tapped with the fingers of both hands simultaneously--combining the ranges of both bass and guitar while maintaining their own unique sound.

Jolliffe performed jazz standards, original compositions and free improvisation, playing throughout the U.S. and Europe. He performed at a number of venues in New York City, including Rick's Café, the Star and Garter, the West Boondock Café, the 55 Bar, the Knitting Factory, and the Hennessey Cognac Village Jazz Festival. His European appearances included the Gaume Jazz Festival, Belgium; The Jazz Cafe, London; Passage du Nord-Ouest, Paris; Cafe Opera, Germany; and the 2nd Rassegna Internazionale “Castelfranco Jazz,” Italy....
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“...a master touchstylist”--Bassics Magazine
”...the music is straight-ahead unadulterated jazz”--The Star-Ledger
”...he pays more attention to things like structure, harmony and melody”--JazzTimes
Solo Stick (TouchStyle, 1988)
Live on Comast (TouchStyle, 1990)
In the Pocket (TouchStyle, 2011)
Live in Brigitines, Brussels (Clic, 1993)
With ArtCrime, June 2011 (ArtCrime, 2011)
With The Flying Particles, Totems (Sonic Utensil, 2011)
With ArtCrime, ArtCrime (Unseen Rain, 2012)

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