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Frank Singer / Generations String QuartetGenerations String Quartet
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Cat's A Bear / Tito in Wonderland
Tito In Wonderland
Cat's A Bear
Cat's A Bear / Tito: In Search of a RevolutionTito: In Search of a Revolution
Cat's A Bear
Cat's A Bear / Eye of the PyramidEye of the Pyramid
Cat's A Bear

One World Tribe / Armed and DangerousArmed and Dangerous
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One World Tribe / Unity and DiversityUnity and Diversity
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One World Tribe / The World TodayThe World Today
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Too Big Power / Ride A WaveRide A Wave
Too Big Power

J.D. and the Sons of Rhythm / Colors of TymeColors of Tyme
J.D. & the Sons

J.D. and the Sons of Rhythm / Near Journey's EndNear Journey's End
J.D. & the Sons

J.D. and the Sons of Rhythm / Astral WorldsAstral Worlds
J.D. & the Sons of Rhythm

J.D. and the Sons of Rhythm / Moving Through The ElementsMoving Thru Elements
J.D. & the Sons

J.D. and the Sons of Rhythm / Beyond AttentionBeyond Attention
J.D. & the Sons

J.D. and the Sons of Rhythm / Crossing Oceans of TimeXing Oceans of Time
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J.D. and the Sons of Rhythm / Live at Forward HallLive at Forward Hall
J.D. & the Sons

J.D. and the Sons of Rhythm / Imagination DoctorsImagination Doctors
J.D. & the Sons

J.D. and the Sons of Rhythm / Smoke ShadowsSmoke Shadows
J.D. & the Sons

J.D. and the Sons of Rhythm / Quantum EventsQuantum Events
J.D. & the Sons

J.D. and the Sons of Rhythm / Music From Another PlanetMusic From Another Planet
J.D. & the Sons
J.D. and the Sons of Rhythm / Primate GesturesPrimate Gestures
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J.D. and the Sons of Rhythm / Family ValuesFamily Values
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Frank Singer Professional Biography and Resume

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Frank Singer began playing music at the age of nine. A passion developed quickly, and led Frank to attend the Berklee College of Music in Boston in 1976. After graduating Magna Cum Laude in 1980, he went on to complete private studies with Charlie Banacos on guitar, and continue with piano studies for several years. 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.

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 Les Arbuckle and Rick Della Ratta, trumpeter/composer Arturo Sandoval and more recently with guitarist Larry Coryell. 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's latest release is Generations String Quartet, an original composition in five movements for two violins, electric jazz guitar, and cello. The work was commissioned by Gannon University for Erie, Pennsylvania's Bicentennial Celebration, and includes a jazz guitar solo. "My Berklee degree is in 20th-century classical composition, and it's not often I get to use it!",  says Singer. "This was the first piece to get public performances, and we managed to record one." This is now available on the artist's Naked Kitty Productions label.

Frank's CD, oFF tHE tOP: standards 1, is his first solo effort. It includes 12 jazz standards, all performed on solo jazz guitar. "I've been doing this for years," states Singer, "but I never got around to recording the tunes the way I play when I do a solo gig. This album gave me that opportunity. I wanted to present it as a regular set - with same flow and pacing as a live show." In addition to solo work in the New England and Mid-Atlantic areas, Frank has been the partner in many vocal/guitar duos.

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, with quartets, trios and duos. The duo, with Joe Dorris on drums, used a Macintosh computer as a sequencer in live performance. "The problem of rhythmic freedom was solved by having live drums perform with sequenced parts." says Frank. "We treated the sequence as the bass player, and played the way we would in a trio." This band remained popular in Boston, performing and recording until its relocation to Erie in 1989.

The group continued as a duo until the addition of bassist Tony Stefanelli in 1992. Re-forming the power trio of jazz, the new version of Cat's A Bear also added other personnel for various projects. The trio released Tito...In Search of a Revolution in 1993, and added saxophonist Phil Papotnik for the 1996 release of Tito in Wonderland. Frank continues to compose for the group, which has also begun to cover jazz standards with their own style. A new batch of Singer originals will be featured on the next Cat's A Bear CD, which is in the works now. 

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. "Tribe gave me an opportunity to express musical ideas in a new way, and to try my hand at lyrics. We played music I had listened to for years, but never done in a band. I really got my Latin piano chops together, and I even learned how to freestyle hiphop - not something I had to chance to do playing instrumental jazz." Tribe's second album, The World Today, features Frank on some guitar, guitar synthesizer, keyboard solos and background vocals. Plans for a third album are in the works, with more emphasis on hiphop. 

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. He spends any spare time he can find with his wife, Mary, and son, Ari, who may very well continue in the family business if his current abilities and interests are any indication.  [ top ]


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Solo Guitar [Jazz]

 

>>>oFF tHE tOP: standards 1   12 jazz standards   Link to Naked Kitty Productions CD page

 

Guitar [Classical/Jazz] >>>Generations String Quartet    Original String Quartet in five movements, with electric guitar replacing viola, including a jazz solo [ more ]

 

Guitar [Jazz]

 

>>>Tito In Wonderland [Cat's A Bear]  4 jazz standards, 2 originals [original sheet music available] Link to Naked Kitty Productions CD page

>>>Tito: In Search of a Revolution [Cat's A Bear]  8 originals [original sheet music available Link to Naked Kitty Productions CD page

>>>Eye Of The Pyramid [Cat's A Bear] 8 originals [original sheet music available]

>>>2liveCATS [Cat's A Bear] 9 originals

 

Guitar [Jazz] >>>PlayErie.com Compilation CD One 2003 [Cat's A Bear] 1 cut (Change) on local compilation, assembled by playerie.com

 

Guitar [Jazz]

 

>>> Is It My Turn Yet? [James Ligons]   10 originals

 

Guitar, Keyboards [World]

 

>>>Unity and Diversity [One World Tribe]  12 originals, 1 cover with original lyric, 1 cover
Unity and Diversity [title track] by Frank Singer [original sheet music available]

>>>The World Today [One World Tribe]     7 originals

 

Guitar / Synthesizer, Acouscic Guitar, Keyboards, Electric Bass [Jazz]

 

>>> Near Journey's End [J.D. and the Sons of Rhythm] 19 improvisations (2 discs)

>>> Astral Worlds [J.D. and the Sons of Rhythm] 19 improvisations (2 discs)

>>> Moving Through The Elements [J.D. and the Sons of Rhythm] 16 improvisations (2 discs)

>>> Beyond Attention [J.D. and the Sons of Rhythm] 14 improvisations (2 discs)

>>> Crossing Oceans of Time [J.D. and the Sons of Rhythm] 14 improvisations (2 discs)

>>> Live At Forward Hall [J.D. and the Sons of Rhythm] 13 live performance improvisations (2 discs)

>>> Imagination Doctors [J.D. and the Sons of Rhythm] 13 improvisations (2 discs)

>>> Smoke Shadows [J.D. and the Sons of Rhythm] 12 improvisations (2 discs)

>>> Quantum Events [J.D. and the Sons of Rhythm] 11 improvisations (2 discs)

>>> Music From Another Planet [J.D. and the Sons of Rhythm] 15 improvisations (2 discs)

>>> Primate Gestures [J.D. and the Sons of Rhythm] 22 improvisations (2 discs)

>>> Family Values [J.D. and the Sons of Rhythm] 2 originals, 13 improvisations (2 discs)

 

Guitar [Jazz] >>>Live At Papermoon [Basil Ronzitti Trio] I cut on benefit compilation for Billy's Friends Charity

 

Guitar [Blues]

 

>>>Live At Scully's [J.D. Blues]     6 covers, 1 original

 

Guitar, Slide [Pop]

 

>>>Free Nick Stein [Plato's Cave]

 

Guitar [Pop]

 

>>>The Bright Extraordinary Day [Jay Hitt]    
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Frank W. Singer
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Education:  

 

1976-1980

Berklee College of Music, Boston, MA
B.M., Composition, Magna Cum Laude, 1980.

1980-1984

Charles Banacos, Gloucester, MA., Jazz Guitar and Jazz Piano studies.

 

Awards/Honors:  

 

1999

Finalist, World Music Category.  John Lennon Songwriting Contest.

 

1995

Composer.  Gannon University, Erie, PA.
Commissioned by Gannon University to create a piece of music as their contribution to Erie's bicentennial celebration.  The result was Generations, a string quartet for two violins, cello and electric guitar.  

 

1980

Recipient of Richard Levy Award in Recognition of Outstanding Musicianship for Contemporary Composition.

 

Professional Experience:  

 

1974 -

Sideman/Soloist.  Erie Philharmonic, various clubs and restaurants.
Free-lance guitarist/pianist with Erie Philharmonic/Pops for jazz/contemporary performances; have performed with Arturo Sandoval, Cab Calloway, Vanessa Williams, Eddie Fisher, Jack Jones, Deborah Gibson in Grease, Yesterdays, and others. Work as guitarist, pianist, bassist, and other at a variety of sites and functions.

 

1976 -

Instructor.  Home locations, various music studios, and schools.
Self-employed in the Boston area and Erie, PA teaching all ages and levels of guitar, piano, electric bass, drums, saxophone, keyboards, as well as theory, composition, and arranging. Conduct Master classes, clinics and lectures on jazz history, improvisation,  composition, and general music to various local schools.

 

2002 - Performer. J.D. and the Sons of Rhythm.
Play guitar, guitar-synthesizer, keyboards in collective jazz improvisation group, with 7 double disc releases to date and more in the works.

 

1993 -

Composer, Performer.  One World Tribe.
Compose and play guitar, synthesizer-guitar and keyboards in world music/latin/reggae band which travels and performs throughout the Mid-Atlantic states.

 

1991 -

Guitarist, Musical Director, and Principal Composer.  Catís A Bear/Tito.
Write, arrange, and play with this original jazz group, which plays in clubs and colleges in the Erie, Buffalo, Cleveland, and Pittsburgh areas.

 

1988-1991

Guitarist, Arranger.  FSG Trio.
Arranged, played, and booked bebop trio with drums and upright bass, playing standards and originals in the Buffalo and Erie areas.

 

1987-1990

Producer, Arranger, Composer.  Musical Coordination Services, Boston, MA.
Owned and operated a company specializing in producing, arranging, video scoring, transcribing, and other music-related functions.

 

1982-1991

Composer, Guitarist, Pianist.  Cat's A Bear.
Partnered a contemporary original jazz duo using piano, synthesizer, guitar, and percussion. Also responsible for the production and synthesis. Cat's A Bear performed throughout the New England and Mid-Atlantic states.

1984-1989

Midi Engineer.  Euphoria Sound Studios, Revere, MA.
Responsible for the sound production and engineering on midi projects.

 

1983-1989

Bassist, Sound Engineer. Katy's Lovers.
Performed, engineered, and recorded with this Boston-based Irish Folk group.

 

1986-1987

Instructor.  Creative Arts at Park Summer Program, Brookline, MA.
Taught drums and ensemble as well as tech setup and studio recording to students ages 8-15 in this intensive summer program.

 

1980-1989

Musician.  Graham/Lindsey Entertainment Agency, Boston, MA.
Served as guitarist, electric bass player, keyboard player, and pianist in general business band. 

 



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