Frank Southecorvo grew up in Massachusetts, where he studied with saxophonists Dave Faucher and Jerry Bergonzi. In high school, he won competitions to play in All-State jazz ensembles led by Berkeley College of Music faculty members Herb Pomeroy, John LaPorta and others. Boston is a city with a real jazz heritage. While growing up, Frank was inspired by the many jazz icons he heard in clubs and concerts – musicians like Phil Woods, Sonny Rollins, Pat Metheny, Bob Moses, Gary Burton, The Fringe, Jerry Bergonzi, Ella Fitzgerald, Count Basie, Betty Carter, Abdullah Ibrahim, Max Roach, Jon Hendricks, Dexter Gordon and countless others.
In 1987 he moved to Asheville, NC where fans have become familiar with Frank’s saxophone playing with his own jazz bands, as well as with the horn sections of various rhythm and blues and jazz big bands. Frank has played many concerts and festivals throughout the area, including the Jazz Composers Forum, WNC Jazz Society, Bele Chere, the Wilmington Jazz & Blues Festival, Greenville (SC) Music on Main, Spartanburg (SC) Jazz at Morgan Square and the Asheville Original Music series. Original music has always been a big part of Frank’s career. He currently plays with the group Up Jumped Three which features Frank’s compositions along with the writing of Tim Winter (guitar), Bryan White (bass). His CDs as a leader include: Anthem, Chroma, Chelsea Bridge, Voice of The Turtle (with Alan Childres) and Talisman (with Rob Dame).
Frank Teaches Saxophone Technique and Improvisation
Currently, he plays alto, tenor and baritone saxophones, splitting his time between teaching and playing with a variety of jazz, blues, and dance bands. Current bands include: Blind Lemon Phillips blues band, The Asheville Jazz Orchestra Big Band, Up Jumped Three Jazz Trio and Orange Krush Dance Band. Frank teaches all levels of saxophone students and in addition to teaching saxophone technique, enjoys teaching improvisation.
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