Johnny Frigo
Date of birth: 27-12-1916
Date of death: 04-07-2007
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Mr. Frigo was born in Chicago and spent much of his career concentrating on the bass. After playing with the Coast Guard band at Ellis ...

Mr. Frigo was born in Chicago and spent much of his career concentrating on the bass. After playing with the Coast Guard band at Ellis Island during World War II, he toured with Dorsey and his orchestra.

After leaving Dorsey, Mr. Frigo and two fellow members of the band, the pianist Lou Carter and the guitarist Herb Ellis, formed the Soft Winds trio. In 1947 they wrote “Detour Ahead,” which was recorded by Billie Holiday and Sarah Vaughan, among many others.

Mr. Frigo was also a poet and an artist.

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    Johnny arranged the Polish musicians -- he saw that I was nervous about the cost if they stayed over. He showed up when their time was over - said goodbye to them, unpacked his violin and played requests from all age groups(at no cost ). For years after when I would see him in the pancake house we both visited, he would always ask how my mom was doing.
    Thank you Johnny -- God bless you

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    I REMEMBER HIM GROWING UP. HE WOULD COME FOR CHRISTMAS TO AUNTY DOLLIES AND WE NEVER KNEW HOW GREAT AND ACCOMPLISHED HE REALLY WAS BECAUSE HE NEVER BOASTED ABOUT HIMSELF. AS HE WAS A NATURAL.
    I ALWAYS ADMIRED HIM AND NEVER HEARD HIM BOAST.
    I GUESS THAT STANDS OUT TO ME THE MOST.

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    fans keeping the jazz alive

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