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    West, Frank

    Flautist and saxophonist who appeared on The Commodore Years with Don Byes, Bill Coleman, Eddie Condon, Bud Freeman, Coleman Hawkins, Jelly Roll Morton, Red Norvo, Slam Stewart, and Teddy Wilson.  In 1958, he played flutes on The Spirit of Charlie Parker.  He also appeared on Duke Ellington’s 1964 recording of “Perdido”. 


    In the mid-‘70s, he played alto saxophone on Paul Butterfield’s LP, Put it in Your Ear.  He switched to tenor sax on Van McCoy’s 1976 album, Rhythms of the World.  Other CDs on which he appears include Love Call by Joan Stiles and Your Story – The Music of Bill Evans by The Howard Alden Trio. 


    On 6th December 2005, he performed live with the Mike Longo Trio at the Baha’i Center in New York, New York.  He was one of several artists on the 2008 tribute video, Count Basie:  Then as Now, Count’s the King. 


    In May 2010, he paid tribute to the late Jane Jarvis in a concert at St. Peter’s Church and participated in Celebrate Diversity Celebrate You Day in New York City.


    Van McCoy recordings

    The Shuffle (Van McCoy)

    That’s the Joint (Richard Harris/Van McCoy)



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