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J.R. Monterose

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Born: January 19, 1927 | Died: September 16, 1993    Primary Instrument: Sax, tenor

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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Body And Soul CD (2004) J.R. Monterose CD (1956) Remastered Message,The CD (1998) In Action CD Jaywalkin' CD (2001) Straight Ahead CD (1995) Body And Soul CD (2004) Message CD (2004) Live At The Tender Trap CD (2004) Live In Albany CD Pithecanthropus Erectus CD (1956) Complete 'Round About Midnight At The Cafe Bohemia CDs (2002) Teddy Charles Tentet CD (1956) Kenny Burrell CD (1957) Prestidigitator CD (1958) Thirteen Pictures: The Charles Mingus Anthology CDs (1993) Little Pleasure CD (1990) Night At Cafe Bohemia/Pithecanthropus Erectus Session CDs (2009) Very Best Of Charles Mingus (The Atlantic Years) CD (2001) Pithecanthropus Erectus CD (1956) Jazz World Of Don Schlitten CD (1998) Comp. Studio Recordings CD (2008) (Import) J.R. Monterose (Remastered) CD (1998) (Import) Japan

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