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Frank Wess Quintet at Dizzy’s tonight & tomorrow

November 5, 2011

Frank Wess began with classical music and played in Oklahoma. He later switched to jazz on moving to Washington, D. C. and by nineteen was working in the Big Bands. His career was interrupted during World War II although he did play with a military band in the period. On returning from service he joined Billy Eckstine’s orchestra.

He returned to DC a few years after this and received a degree in flute at the city’s Modern School Of Music. From 1953 he joined Count Basie’s band, playing flute and tenor sax. He reverted to alto sax in the late ’50s, and left Basie’s band in 1964. From 1959 to 1964 he won Down Beat’s critic poll for flute.

Tonight and tomorrow night will be your big chance to see a jazz legend in his element at one of the greatest jazz rooms in the city. Grab a table at Dizzy’s, kick back, relax and take in great music of the past and present.

*Photo by Terry Cryer

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