Frank Southecorvo grew up in Massachusetts, where he studied with saxophonists Dave Faucher and Jerry Bergonzi. In high school, he played in All-State jazz ensembles led by Berkeley College of Music faculty members Herb Pomeroy, and John LaPorta. Boston is a city with a real jazz heritage. While growing up, Frank was inspired by the many jazz icons he heard in clubs and concerts – musicians like Phil Woods, Sonny Rollins, Pat Metheny, Ella Fitzgerald, Count Basie, Abdullah Ibrahim, Jon Hendricks, Dexter Gordon, and countless others.
In 1987 he moved to Asheville, NC where fans have become familiar with Frank’s saxophone playing with his own jazz bands, as well as with the horn sections of various rhythm and blues and jazz big bands. Frank has played many concerts and festivals throughout the area, including Streamside Concerts, Jazz Composers Forum, WNC Jazz Society, Bele Chere, the Wilmington Jazz & Blues Festival, Music on Main - Greenville (SC), Jazz at Morgan Square - Spartanburg (SC), and the Asheville Original Music series.
Original music has always been a big part of Frank’s career. Current bands featuring his writing include: the jazz trio, Up Jumped Three; the sax/bass duo, Color Of Sound; the big band, Asheville Jazz Orchestra; Frank’s newest, an 8-piece horn ensemble, A Little Mischief; and the saxophone quartet, Saxasaurus. Frank is a prolific composer and has recorded with these groups, as a leader and with others.
Currently, Frank plays alto, tenor, and baritone saxophones, splitting his time between teaching, playing, and writing.
Frank teaches all levels of saxophone students and, in addition to teaching saxophone techniques, enjoys teaching improvisation.