• Michael Bourne Interviews Frank Wess

    May 1, 2008. Posted by Joshua Jackson.

    Frank Wess Photo by Paul Slaughter

    When someone like Frank Wess comes to WBGO, you better be prepared to hear some amazing stories.  Michael Bourne interviewed Frank Wess, who is currently spending his evenings playing music at the Village Vanguard.  The 86-year old Wess will forever be a Basie man, and he told a great story about a Count Basie tour in Europe.  When the band arrived, there were no charts for the musicians to play.  This could be a bandleader's worst nightmare, taking a band overseas without music.  But Basie's response? "Well, you guys never look at them anyway, and I didn't want to pay for the extra freight."  Hear what else Frank Wess had to say.

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