Frankie Masters

Genres: Big Band & Swing Jazz
Decades Active: 2000s

Biography

12 April 1904, USA, d. 29 January 1991, USA. Masters began playing music while at college, eventually dropping out to become the leader of a theatre house band in Chicago, Illinois, USA. Several years later, in the late 20s, he decided to inaugurate his first dance band under his own name. His sidemen included Woody Kessler, Jerry Borchard, Steve Brown, Jay Mathews, Stuart Charles, Bill Pritchard, Kahn Keene, Vincent Ferrine, Buddy Shiffman, Carl Bean, Howard Barkell, Don Elton, Russ Dillon, Orin Crippen, Ray Noonan, Johnny Barshark, Phil Gray, Joe Reisman, Eddie Baxter, Hy Lesnick, Morty Nathan, Fred Smith, Jimmy Nash, Bill Aimesworth, Jack Wald, Bobby Lewis, Irving Trisco, Maxwell Anderson, Don Bell and Bill Johnson. The featured vocalists were Harlan Rogers, Gordon Goodman, Lou Hirst, Phyllis Miles (who later married Masters) and Marion Francis. There were also two vocal congregations: the Swing Masters and the Masters Voices. Initially taking dates in the local...

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