Frank Southecorvo grew up in Massachusetts, where he studied with saxophonists Dave Faucher and Jerry Bergonzi. Boston is a city with a real jazz heritage. While growing up, Frank was inspired by the many jazz icons he got to hear in clubs and concerts – musicians like Phil Woods, Sonny Rollins, Pat Metheny, Bob Moses, Gary Burton, Bobby Gullotti, George Garzone, Jerry Bergonzi, Ella Fitzgerald, Count Basie, Betty Carter, Joe Pass, Abdullah Ibrahim, Max Roach, Jon Hendricks, Dexter Gordon and countless others.
In 1987 he moved to Asheville, NC , where fans have heard Frank’s saxophone playing in his own jazz bands, as well as with the horn sections of various rhythm + blues and jazz big bands. Frank has played many concerts and festivals throughout the area, including the Inman Park Festival (Atlanta, GA), Jazz Composers Forum, Asheville Original Music series, WNC Jazz Society, Bele Chere, Jazz & Blues Festival (Wilmington, NC), Music On Main (Greenville, SC), Jazz On the Square (Spartanburg ,SC).
Frank has always been interested in writing and playing original music. Since 2013, Frank has been playing with the trio Up Jumped Three which is dedicated to playing the compositions of each of its members: Bryan White — bass, Frank Southecorvo — saxophones, Tim Winter — guitar. Up Jumped Three has recorded three CDs:Up Jumped Three (2020), Crosstalk (2017) and Eleven Dialogues (2016).
He has recorded three Cd’s as leader:”Chelsea Bridge” (2000) a duo with pianist Mark Freundt, “Anthem” (2000) and and “Chroma”(2005), with a five piece band and has written music for many other CDs, including, “Talisman” (2014), with guitarist Rob Dame and the self-titled recording with the band Voice of the Turtle (1993), which he co-led with guitarist Alan Childres.
Currently, he plays alto, tenor and baritone saxophones, splitting his time between his own projects playing original music and big bands, blues bands and dance groups.