Saxophonist Frank Fontaine released his first Album, Wisdom Rising (LifeForce Jazz Records) to the acclaim of being named an iTunes “Rising Stars of Jazz”. The Los Angeles native reed man assembled Grammy winners John Beasley, Robert Hurst, and Marvin “Smitty” Smith, for this live studio recording (no overdubs).
Frank is the Saxophonist of choice for an incredible array of artists – from elder statesmen of the music to the most innovative voices of today. Frank is featured on the recordings of Patti LaBelle, Gladys Knight, Celia Cruz, Mariah Carey, Bobby Matos, the films of Tyler Perry, woodwinds for Nickelodeon including “Dora the Explorer”, as well as the Grammy Nominated recordings of Charanga Cubana, Oscar Cartaya, Tim Davies, and Marc Antonio Solis.
Academically, Frank is as accomplished. He has earned; Bachelor of arts in Jazz Studies from the Manhattan School of Music, Master of Education from Seton Hall University, and currently Frank is engaged in research at Boston University where he will be a candidate for Doctor of Musical Arts degree. Research interest in including Jazz as a Community of Practice, and the professional development of post-collegiate jazz musicians.
“More than anything, I want my career to be defined by exemplifying the highest standard of musical performance, academic prowess, advocacy for marginalized musicians, and personal integrity”.
Currently Frank facilitates public school instrumental music and Jazz studies programs in the Los Angeles area, the Idyllwild Jazz in the Pines conservatory, and his private/virtual studio.