Jack Montrose

Jack Montrose (December 30, 1928 – February 7, 2006) was a jazz tenor saxophonist and arranger. After attending college in Los Angeles, he worked with Jerry Gray and then Art Pepper. Montrose also did arrangements for Clifford Brown. He became known for cool jazz and/or West coast jazz.

Montrose was born in Detroit. Beginning in the mid-1950s Montrose's heroin addiction became a liability and by the time he had overcome it his style of jazz was no longer popular. This led him to play in strip joints for a time until he relocated to Las Vegas where he worked in casinos. Montrose returned to recording in 1977 and in 1986 had some success in collaboration with Pete Jolly.

Jack Montrose (West Coast Jack) is not to be confused with tenorist J.R. Monterose (East Coast Jake) who played on Charles Mingus's album Pithecanthropus Erectus.

He died in Las Vegas.

Birth and Death Data: Born December 30th, 1928 (Detroit), Died February 7th, 2006 (Las Vegas)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1953 - 1957

Roles Represented in DAHR: tenor saxophone

Recordings

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Decca L 7481 11/30/1953 The creep Jerry Gray Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca L 7482 11/30/1953 Stop that dancing Jerry Gray Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca L 7483 11/30/1953 Oomp chuck Jerry Gray Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca L 7484 11/30/1953 Coronado cruise Jerry Gray Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca L 8240 3/17/1955 I'm forever counting geigers Melrose Avenue Conservatory Chamber Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca L 8241 3/17/1955 Id Melrose Avenue Conservatory Chamber Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca L 8242 3/18/1955 Skip to my loot Melrose Avenue Conservatory Chamber Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca L 8243 3/18/1955 Speak easy Melrose Avenue Conservatory Chamber Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca L 8412 5/18/1955 Ballad for Jeannie-1 Jack Millman Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca L 8413 5/18/1955 Bambi-2 Jack Millman Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca L 8414 5/18/1955 The Turk-3 Jack Millman Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca L 8415 5/18/1955 Cathy goes South-4 Jack Millman Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca L 9322 6/19/1956 Three line blues John Graas Quintet instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca L 9323 6/19/1956 Love me or leave me John Graas Quintet instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca L 9324 6/19/1956 Chuggin' John Graas Quintet instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca L 9325 6/19/1956 Trio-1 John Graas Quintet instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca L 9809 1/21/1957 Cluster John Graas Sextet instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca L 9810 1/21/1957 Canon frair-1 John Graas Sextet instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca L 9811 1/21/1957 Mood-2 John Graas Sextet instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca L 9812 1/21/1957 I'm confessin' that I love you John Graas Sextet instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Montrose, Jack," accessed July 27, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/332317.

Montrose, Jack. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved July 27, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/332317.

"Montrose, Jack." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 27 July 2021.

DAHR Persistent Identifier

URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/332317

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