(19472004) published over 165 works for jazz combo and jazz
ensemble. In addition to his extensive print catalog, five of Frank's
albums garnered a total of 11 Grammy nominations in both writing and
playing categories. He taught at several summer jazz camps and was an
artist-in-residence at various universities and high schools
throughout the country. Commissions included works for Doc
Severinsen, Louie Bellson, Pete Christlieb, the Kansas City Symphony,
the Madison Symphony Orchestra, and the Airmen of Note.
In 1999, Frank
received the Florence Crittenton Foundation's Citizen of the Year
Awardprevious recipients have been former Kansas Senator Nancy
Kassenbaum-Baker and former First Lady Barbara Bushand the
Homer Osborne award for outstanding contributions to jazz education.
Frank touched many as a pianist, composer, arranger, clinician, and educator.