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Frank Morgan

It is a real rarity for a jazz musician to have his career interrupted for three decades and then be able to make a complete comeback. Frank Morgan showed a great deal of promise in his early days, but it was a long time before he could fulfill his potential. The son of guitarist Stanley Morgan (who played with the Ink Spots), he took up clarinet and alto early on. Morgan moved to Los Angeles in 1947 and was approached by Duke Ellington who wanted the then 15-year-old Frank to go on the road with his band. Frank's father wanted his son to finish school so the Ellington gig never materialized, but by the time he was 17, Frank was working at LA's Club Alabam, backing the likes of Josephine Baker and Billie Holiday. Morgan worked on the bop scene of early-'50s Los Angeles, recording with Teddy Charles (1953) and Kenny Clarke (1954), and under his own name for GNP in 1955.

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Discography

 

A Night In The Life

Original Jazz Classics
2007

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Reflections

Reflections

HighNote Records
2007

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Night in the Life: Live at the Jazz Standard, Volume 3

Night in the Life:...

HighNote Records
2007

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A Night in the Life: Live at the Jazz Standard, Vol. 3

A Night in the Life:...

HighNote Records
2007

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Reflections

Reflections

HighNote Records
2006

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Raising the Standard: Live at the Jazz Standard, Vol. 2

Raising the Standard:...

HighNote Records
2005

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