While there he accompanied visiting musicians such as Roy Eldridge and Billie Holiday. He relocated to New Orleans in 1954, playing with Sharkey Bonano and Al Hirt in a Dixieland jazz setting, but his main focus since has been bebop. He played with Charlie Ventura in 1957-58 and Woody Herman in 1959. In 1960 he moved to Los Angeles. There he worked extensively as a studio musician on the West Coast jazz scene, and toured with Joe Williams, Maynard Ferguson, and Les Brown (1971-74).
He has also played with Terry Gibbs, Herb Ellis, the Lighthouse All-Stars, Art Pepper, Bud Shank, Cal Tjader, Louie Bellson, and Chet Baker, in addition to working with his own trios. --Discography as Bandleader-- * That's Him and This Is New (Revelation Records, 1969) * Taurus (Revelation, 1973) * View from Within with Don Menza (Creative World, 1973) * Frames with Don Menza (Glendale Records, 1975) * After The Rain (Catalyst Records, 1976) * Straz (Catalyst Records, 1977) * Relaxin (Sea Breeze Records, 1980) * Kat Dancin (Discovery Records, 1985) * Make Me Rainbows (Fresh Sound, 1987) * I Remember You (Fresh Sound, 1989) * Little Giant (Fresh Sound, 1989) * The Very Thought of You (Discovery, 1990) * Wood Winds West (Jazz Mark, 1992) * Frank's Blues (Night Life Records, 1992) * Moon and Sand (Discovery, 1993) * Somebody Loves Me (Fresh Sound, 1994) * Nobody Else But Me (Fresh Sound, 1997) * Live in Sorgues France (Jazz Mark, 2002) * Funk and Esoteric (Fresh Sound, 2004) Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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