Before entering the Doctor of Musical Arts program at the University of Illinois, Frank spent a number of years living in New York. While there, he had the opportunity to perform in a number of the city’s iconic venues and intimate clubs including, Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, Birdland, SOMETHIN' Jazz Club, Smoke and ShapeShifter Lab and has performed live on WBGO, Jazz 88.3 FM. Additionally, Frank has performed on stage alongside jazz luminaries including John Fedchock, Byron Stripling, Jon Faddis, Jimmy Greene, Jim Rotondi, Houston Person, John Riley, Chris Potter, Ralph Lalama and Randy Brecker.
In addition to being an in-demand performer and composer, Frank is a dedicated educator committed to the advancement of music education. Currently on faculty at Lincoln College (IL), he has previously served as a faculty member at The Ohio State University Summer Jazz Camp, The University of Illinois Summer Youth Music Camp, as the Lead Instructor and Coordinator for MusicWorks in Tarrytown, New York (a not-for-profit organization dedicated to providing music instruction to disadvantaged K-12 students) and has taught a number of undergraduate and graduate-level courses at The Conservatory of Music at Purchase College on a substitute basis. Additionally, Frank offers private lessons, both in-person and via Skype, covering a variety of disciplines including trombone performance, music theory/composition and jazz improvisation.
In 2010, Frank was hired to develop and direct the Purchase College Summer Jazz Workshop, a 4-week intensive summer program for aspiring high school musicians, offering daily courses in small-ensemble playing, improvisation, jazz theory, jazz history, instrumental master classes and songwriting.
For more information, to inquire about lessons or available writing services, please contact Frank here.