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Elliott S. Hurwitt

jazz alto saxophonist, was born in Minneapolis, the son of the jazz guitarist Stanley Morgan and Geraldine (maiden name unknown), a homemaker. Frank's father worked with such important early bebop musicians as Howard McGhee during the years around 1940. Morgan grew up primarily in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and as a child began his musical studies on guitar. At the age of seven, while visiting Detroit with his parents, he was taken to see the big band of Jay (“Hootie”) McShann at the Paradise Theater. The McShann band included the young alto saxophonist Charlie Parker and when Parker soloed on Hootie Blues the young Morgan immediately wanted to take up the same instrument His father took Frank backstage to meet Parker the beginning of a long friendship Parker decided Morgan should begin on the clarinet a smaller instrument but Morgan was allowed to begin study of the alto saxophone ...