Re: [RedHotJazz] Obit: Johnny Frigo; versatile jazz bassist, violinist; 90
- He was just featured last night in the (excellent) documentary on PBS
chronicling the career of Les Paul. It was so interesting to watch.
He sounds like a funny guy..that quote on the Carson show is priceless..
Robert J Dewar
On 7/10/07, pdqblues <PDQBlues@...> wrote:
> Johnny Frigo; versatile jazz bassist, violinist; 90
> ASSOCIATED PRESS
> July 9, 2007
> Versatile jazz bassist, violinist; 90
> Johnny Frigo, a versatile jazz violinist and bassist who toured with
> Jimmy Dorsey and co-wrote the jazz standard "Detour Ahead," has died,
> his son said. He was 90.
> Mr. Frigo died Wednesday at a Chicago hospital after battling cancer
> in recent years, said his son Rick Frigo.
> Mr. Frigo was born on Chicago's South Side and spent much of his
> career playing bass. After playing with the U.S. Coast Guard band at
> Ellis Island during World War II, he toured with clarinetist Jimmy
> Dorsey and his orchestra.
> Around that time, Mr. Frigo wrote "Detour Ahead" with Lou Carter and
> Herb Ellis, a song that became a jazz standard recorded by Billie
> Holiday and Sarah Vaughan, among others.
> He was in his late 60s or early 70s when he turned his attention to
> the violin, appearing twice on "The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson."
> "Nobody played violin like him," said Rick Frigo. "Chicago's a poorer
> place without him."
> Mr. Frigo was also a poet and artist with a keen sense of humor, his
> son said. When Carson asked him why he'd waited so long to launch his
> jazz violin career, he replied that he didn't want there to be enough
> time for him to become a has-been, his son said.
> In addition to his son, Mr. Frigo is survived by his wife, Brittney
> Brown, and sister, Aurora Bray.
> (c) Copyright 2007 Union-Tribune Publishing Co. � A Copley Newspaper Site
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