Encyclopedia of Jazz Musicians
Singer, Frank (W.), guitarist, pianist, bassist, drummer, composer, educator, author; b. Mt. Holly, NJ, 12 July 1958. His father was Harold Theodore Singer (5/11/1919 - 1/3/2003) and his mother was Mary Watkins Talley (6/3/1919 - 11/25/1997). His sister is Ella Jalita Adams (b. 3/25/1943). His brothers are Harold Theodore Singer, Jr. (b. 12/21/1953) and Paul Stephen Singer (b. 5/24//1971).
Singer graduated Magna Cum Laude in 1980 from The Berklee College of Music in Boston with a degree in composition. He went on to complete private studies with Charlie Banacos on guitar, and continued with piano studies. Frank has been a working musician since graduating from Berklee, teaching privately and in the classroom, performing in clubs and concert halls, and
composing, arranging, recording and producing, both for his own groups and for professional clients. While living in Boston, Frank performed and recorded with a number of jazz groups. Cat's A Bear, with Frank as principal composer, began its many incarnations in Boston. After moving to Erie, PA in 1989, Cat's A Bear continued its explorations. Frank continues to compose for the group, which has also begun to cover jazz standards with their own style. Another group which plays Singer's original music is the world music group One World Tribe. Frank is a founding member of the group, and his award-winning song "Unity And Diversity" is the title track of Tribe's first album.In 1995, Frank was commissioned by Gannon University to compose a string quartet for Erie's Bicentennial celebration. The result was "Generations", a piece in which Frank replaced the traditional role of the viola with the electric guitar.
Frank has had a long and varied career as a sideman and guest soloist. In addition to playing shows with artists such as Cab Calloway, Vanessa Williams, and Eddie Fisher, Frank has performed with recording artists Larry Coryell, Arturo Sandoval, Claire Daly, Les Arbuckle and Rick Della Ratta. He performs with Downbeat poll-winner Bruce Johnston, and regularly accompanies traveling recording artists in the Mid-Atlantic region, such as vocalist/pianist Cheryl Hodge. Frank continues to write, perform and record his original music, in addition to teaching privately and performing jazz in the Mid-Atlantic region. Current recordings feature music spanning the spectrum from jazz standards to funky originals to world beat, and everything in between, with more on the way.
oFF tHE tOP (2001), String Quartet: Generations (2004)
Cat's A Bear: Eye of the Pyramid (1989), Tito: In Search of a Revolution
(1993), Tito in Wonderland (1997); J.D. and the Sons of Rhythm: Family
Values (2001), Primate Gestures (2002), Music From Another Planet (2003),
Quantuum Events (2003), Smoke Shadows (2004), Imagination Doctors (2004),
Live At Forward Hall (2004), Crossing Oceans of Time (2005), Beyond
Attention (2005), Moving Through The Elements (2006), Astral Worlds (2006),
Near Journey's End (2006); Too Big Power: Ride A Wave (2006)
Jazz Perspectives articles: Views on Jazz History and Definitions [JazzErie Newsletters]
Jazz Theory articles: BeBop Drills [JazzErie Newsletters]
Above articles reproduced at
Commission, Gannon University Erie Bicentenniel Committee, 1995.
Richard Levy Award for Composition, Berklee College of Music, 1980