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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 1940s playing in swing bands led by Jack Nelson, 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.

With Bobby Scott, Red Kelly, and Kenny Hume, Socolow was part of a jazz quartet that played at the side of the stage during the Broadway performances of "A Taste of Honey," at the Lyceum Theatre, October 3, 1960, through September 9 1961.

Birth and Death Data: Born September 18, 1923 (New York City), Died April 30, 1981 (New York City)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1945 - 1959

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

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Recordings (Results 51-75 of 76 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Decca 106714 3/2/1959 Melancholy is a friend of mine Mary Ann McCall instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 106747 3/6/1959 Blue and broken hearted Mary Ann McCall instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 106748 3/6/1959 Am I blue? Mary Ann McCall instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 106749 3/6/1959 Sentimental and melancholy Mary Ann McCall instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 106750 3/6/1959 A lover is blue Mary Ann McCall instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 107309 5/12/1959 Laura Johnny Richards Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 107310 5/12/1959 Three cornered hat Johnny Richards Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 107311 5/14/1959 Walk softly Johnny Richards Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 107312 5/14/1959 The way you look tonight Johnny Richards Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 107313 5/19/1959 You go to my head Johnny Richards Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 107314 5/19/1959 Sunday's child Johnny Richards Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 107315 5/19/1959 Run wild Johnny Richards Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 107316 6/9/1959 Yemaya Johnny Richards Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 107317 6/6/1959 Tempest on the Charles-1 Johnny Richards Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 107318 6/9/1959 Alone together Johnny Richards Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 107319 6/6/1959 Oscar G. blues Johnny Richards Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Signature SRC 110 10-in. 2/12/1945 I'll remember April Johnny Bothwell Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Signature SRC 111 10-in. 2/12/1945 Street of dreams Johnny Bothwell Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Signature SRC 112 10-in. 2/12/1945 Our delight Johnny Bothwell Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Signature SRC 113 10-in. 2/12/1945 [Unknown title(s)] Johnny Bothwell Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Signature SRC 126 10-in. 1945 Laura Johnny Bothwell Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Signature SRC 127 10-in. 1945 Lonely serenade Johnny Bothwell Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Signature SRC 128 10-in. 1945 Ill wind Johnny Bothwell Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Signature SRC 134 10-in. 1945 Seventh Avenue Johnny Bothwell Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Signature SRC 135 10-in. 1945 John's other wife Johnny Bothwell Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
(Results 51-75 of 76 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Socolow, Frank," accessed June 19, 2024, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/209649.

Socolow, Frank. (2024). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved June 19, 2024, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/209649.

"Socolow, Frank." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2024. Web. 19 June 2024.

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

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