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Frank Socolow

Frank Socolow (September 18, 1923 – April 30, 1981), born in New York City, was a jazz saxophonist and oboist, noted for his tenor playing.

Socolow began his career in the early 40s playing in swing bands led by Georgie Auld, Ted Fio Rito, Roy Stevens, Van Alexander and Shep Fields. In 1944 he landed the first of three stints (the others being in 1948 and 1956–57) with Boyd Raeburn's Orchestra, recording a number of records. In 1945 he recorded a session as leader (the first of only two) with Freddie Webster and a young Bud Powell for Duke Records.

He was a member of Buddy Rich's short-lived big band, toured Scandinavia 1947-48 with Chubby Jackson, joined Artie Shaw's big band 1949-50, and throughout the late 40s and the 50s recorded with a wide variety of artists including the aforementioned, Johnny Bothwell, Charlie Ventura, Gene Krupa, Sal Salvador, Maynard Ferguson, Terry Gibbs, Phil Woods, Cecil Payne, Manny Albam, Hal McKusick, Johnny Richards, Bill Russo, Joe Morello, and Bobby Scott. His second record session as leader, and only full album release, Sounds by Socolow, came in 1956 for Bethlehem Records, with arrangements by Bill Holman, Manny Albam, and Sal Salvador, the latter also contributing guitar. Socolow died in New York in 1981.

Birth and Death Data: Born September 18th, 1923 (New York City), Died 1981 (New York City)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1945 - 1959

Roles Represented in DAHR: tenor saxophone, alto saxophone, reeds

Recordings (Results 1-25 of 76 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Decca 75639 12/30/1949 Orinoco Artie Shaw Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 75640 12/30/1949 Mucha de nada Artie Shaw Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 75641 1/3/1950 Love is the sweetest thing-1 Artie Shaw Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 75642 1/3/1950 I get a kick out of you-2 Artie Shaw Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 75679 1/6/1950 Love walked in-1 Artie Shaw Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 75680 1/6/1950 So easy-2 Artie Shaw Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 88955 11/8/1955 Zanzy Larry Sonn Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 88956 11/8/1955 Ida bridges falling down Larry Sonn Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 88957 11/8/1955 O dem bums Larry Sonn Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 88958 11/8/1955 Close cover before striking Larry Sonn Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 89749 4/10/1956 Frank, but Ernest Larry Sonn Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 89750 4/10/1956 Close cover before striking Larry Sonn Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 89751 4/10/1956 From A to Z Larry Sonn Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 89752 4/10/1956 It looks like rain Larry Sonn Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 89753 4/11/1956 we three Larry Sonn Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 89754 4/11/1956 The flat cap Larry Sonn Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 89755 4/11/1956 The Sonn also rises Larry Sonn Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 89756 4/11/1956 Lmeon twist Larry Sonn Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 100871 10/3/1956 S' posin' Larry Sonn Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 100872 10/3/1956 Why don't you do right-1 Larry Sonn Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 100873 10/3/1956 King Porter stomp-1 Larry Sonn Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 100874 10/3/1956 After you've gone-1 Larry Sonn Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 100875 10/3/1956 I'll buy that dream-1 Larry Sonn Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 100876 10/3/1956 Take care-2 Larry Sonn Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 100877 10/3/1956 I'll be back for more-2 Larry Sonn Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
(Results 1-25 of 76 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Socolow, Frank," accessed October 23, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/209649.

Socolow, Frank. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved October 23, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/209649.

"Socolow, Frank." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 23 October 2021.

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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/209649

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