J.R. Monterose

Decades Active: 1990s 2000s


Frank Anthony Monterose, 19 January 1927, Detroit, Michigan, USA, d. 26 September 1993, Utica, New York, USA. After gaining experience playing tenor saxophone in a number of Midwestern bands of the 40s, Monterose joined Buddy Rich in the early 50s. He became known on the New York bebop scene, playing and recording with a wide range of musicians, including Charles Mingus and Kenny Dorham. Although he worked elsewhere, including a spell of some three years in Belgium, Monterose chose to spend much of his career in and around New York and Albany, thus limiting his international reputation. A soft-spoken, introverted individual, Monterose played with a rich and warm sound and in an intensely melodic style. (NB: Not to be confused with tenor saxophonist Jack Montrose.)

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