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Re: [RedHotJazz] Obit: Johnny Frigo; versatile jazz bassist, violinist; 90

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  • Robert Dewar
    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
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      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..

      RIP...

      Robert J Dewar

      On 7/10/07, pdqblues <PDQBlues@...> wrote:
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      > http://www.signonsandiego.com/uniontrib/20070709/news_1m9frigo.html
      >
      > OBITUARY
      > 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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