Frank Strozier

Frank R. Strozier Jr. (born June 13, 1937)[1] is a jazz alto saxophonist.

Frank Strozier
Birth nameFrank R. Strozier, Jr.
Born (1937-06-13) June 13, 1937 (age 82)
Memphis, Tennessee, U.S.
InstrumentsAlto saxophone
LabelsVee-Jay, Jazzland, SteepleChase
Associated actsMJT + 3

Strozier was born in Memphis, Tennessee, where he learned to play piano.[1][2] In 1954, he moved to Chicago, where he performed with Harold Mabern, George Coleman, and Booker Little (like Strozier, they were from Memphis).[1] He recorded with the MJT + 3 from 1959–1960 and led sessions for Vee-Jay Records.

After moving to New York, Strozier was briefly with the Miles Davis Quintet in 1963[2] (between the tenures of Hank Mobley and George Coleman) and also gigged with Roy Haynes. After moving to Los Angeles, he worked with Chet Baker, Shelly Manne, and the Don Ellis big band.[2] Returning to New York in 1971, he worked with Keno Duke's Jazz Contemporaries,[1] the New York Jazz Repertory Company, Horace Parlan, and Woody Shaw.


As leaderEdit

As sidemanEdit

With Roy Haynes

  • Cymbalism (New Jazz, 1963)
  • People (Pacific Jazz, 1964)

With Shelly Manne

With MJT+3

  • Make Everybody Happy (Vee Jay, 1959)
  • MJT + 3 (Vee Jay, 1961)

With Oliver Nelson

With others


  1. ^ a b c d Wynn, Ron (1994), All Music Guide to Jazz, M. Erlewine, V. Bogdanov, San Francisco: Miller Freeman, ISBN 0-87930-308-5
  2. ^ a b c Yanow, Scott. "Frank Strozier". Allmusic. Retrieved 2010-03-21.

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