Frank Mantooth Jazz Orchestra

Decades: 1980s 1990s 2000s


11 April 1947, Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA, d. 30 January 2004, Garden City, Kansas, USA. Mantooth played piano from early childhood and at the age of 14 was playing professionally, often in places he was too young to enter as a customer. Subsequently, he studied at North Texas State University, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in music in 1969. He then served in the military and was a member of the Air Force Academy band, the Falconaires, contributing arrangements. Leaving the military in 1973 he resumed his studies, this time at the Vienna Hochschule fuer Musik, earning a further degree, in piano, in 1977. Back in the USA, Mantooth was quickly established as an arranger and composer, writing for Doc Severinsen, the Kansas City Symphony Orchestra and the Madison Symphony Orchestra among many. He also became known and respected as a teacher at a number of universities, colleges, high schools and at jazz summer camps. More than 165 of his jazz compositions were...

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