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Frahm, Joel

Frahm, Joel, tenor saxophone (b. Racine, Wisconsin, October 31, 1969). An exciting soloist inspired by Johnny Griffin, Sonny Rollins and Joe Hernderson, Joel Frahm is one of the finest young tenor saxophonists in jazz today. Best known for performances with singer Jane Monheit and pianist (and boyhood friend) Brad Mehldau, Frahm has also worked with Betty Carter, Maynard Ferguson, Larry Goldings, Dewey Redman, Pat Martino, Dena DeRose and the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra. Albums under his own name include The Navigator, Don't Explain, We Used To Dance and Project A. A previous recipient of DownBeat's Rising Star award (Critic's Poll), Frahm lives in New York and performs worldwide as a soloist and with his trio. His website is www.joelfrahm.com

Contributor: Thomas Cunniffe