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
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