Augusta Lee Collins started playing at a early age playing around with his uncle's guitar. While in school Augusta started playing the drums in his uncle's band and that took him to playing behind such legends Sun Ra, Bobby Hutcherson. Woody Shaw, Herbie Hancock, Maze just to name a few. Later he put down the drums as he said went back to his roots Guitar and blues. Augusta will take you down memory of his life and his love for music. I'm sad to report that Augusta was killed on Monday 8/31/15 he was hit by a car crossing the street. I had nothing but good times with him we never met in person but had plenty of conversation on the phone another legend gone. God bless him and his family. He was 69 years old.
Frank Morgan was a jazz saxophonist with a career spanning more than 50 years.
He mainly played alto saxophone but also played soprano saxophone. During the 1950s he was known as a Charlie Parker successor and recorded several bebop albums.
Morgan's father was a guitarist with the vocal group The Ink Spots. Frank was playing guitar until seven when taken to see Charlie Parker play. Parker suggested starting with clarinet which he did for two years before switching to sax. He moved to California at age of 14 and started taking heroin at 17, subsequently he became an addicted and ended up spending some time in San Quinton. He formed a small ensemble at San Quentin prison in the 1960s with another addict and sax player, Art Pepper. The Frank Morgan Quartet featured Dolo Coker on piano, Flip Greene on bass and Larance Marable on drums. He went on to record even more albums, and to continue spreading the love that we know as jazz.
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