J. R. Monterose

J. R. Monterose

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J. R. Monterose, born Frank Anthony Peter Vincent Monterose, Jr. in Detroit, Michigan, was an American jazz tenor saxophonist.J.R. or JR Monterose grew up in Utica, New York, where his family moved a few months after his birth. He began formal clarinet studies at thirteen, but was largely self taught as a tenor saxophonist, which he took up at fifteen after hearing Glenn Miller band soloist Tex Beneke. His earliest stylistic influences were Coleman Hawkins and Chu Berry, but, as he told critic Leonard Feather, he also found harmonic inspiration in pianists, citing particularly the example of Bud Powell and the instruction of Utica-based guitarist and pianist Sam Mancuso in helping him learn how to use chord changes.Monterose's first professional experience was playing in upstate New York territory dance bands. In 1950 he joined Henry "Hot Lips" Busse's touring orchestra. After a brief return to Utica, he joined the Buddy Rich big band in late 1951show more

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  • Paperback | 124 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 7mm | 191g
  • Dicho
  • United States
  • English
  • 6134937096
  • 9786134937092