"Wisdom Rising" is the title of Frank Fontaine’s debut recording as a leader, Wisdom is thee most appropriate attribute that we can anoint this young man with. Frank is the Saxophonist of choice for an incredible array of artists - from the masters of the music to the hottest young players of today - and is equally in demand as a Flutist and arranger.
Born in East Los Angeles California into a musical family, Frank absorbed a great deal from his father Frank Sr., who is a 10 veteran of the Duke Ellington Orchestra and is closely affiliated with many jazz greats such as Harry “Sweets” Edison, Frank Morgan, Freddie Hubbard and Mercer Ellington. By age 16, he was performing with Harry Sweets Edison, Billy Higgins and Kenny Burrell. By the time he was 21, Frank had become a "first call" jazz saxophonist in Los Angeles working and touring with some of the biggest names in Jazz including Michelle Coltrane and Elvin Jones.
After Frank’s move to New York City, he joined the Latin-Jazz sextet of Grammy Award Winner Larry Harlow. Several tours, recordings and years later, Frank finds himself on several Jazz and Latin-Jazz recordings that have earned a Grammy or Grammy Nomination.
Demonstrating his stylistic diversity, Frank is also featured (on multiple instruments) on recordings by Patti LaBelle, Tyler Perry’s Soundtracks, Gladys Knight, Celia Cruz, Bobby Matos, Anita Baker, Gym Class Heroes and The Latin-Grammy Nominated Charanga Cubana.
Currently, while he continues to perform and record with a wide variety of artists, Fontaine leads this dynamic group of veterans all across the globe. Outside of his many touring and recording accomplishments, Frank continues to cultivate his musical prowess at The Manhattan School of Music, a conservatory second to none, in a city second to none. Wisdom Rising, a literal depiction of hard work and a metaphoric depiction of Frank Fontaine’s powerful career! Don't miss out on this great music!!!