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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 76-76 of 76 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Signature SRC 136 10-in. 1945 The trouble with me is you Johnny Bothwell Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
(Results 76-76 of 76 records)


Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Socolow, Frank," accessed June 19, 2024,

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

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