Frank Roberts Plus - Featuring the Wild Man on the Saxophone Hall of Fame Artist Alexander Frank Roberts, Sr. One of a kind Rock 'n' Roll / Rhythm 'n' Blues Saxophone Legend

Frank Roberts Plus - Featuring the Wild Man on the Saxophone Hall of Fame Artist Alexander Frank Roberts, Sr. One of a kind Rock 'n' Roll / Rhythm 'n' Blues Saxophone Legend

Greek clarinetist Nicholas Oeconamacos, who had performed under John Philip Sousa and the Seattle Symphony conductor Homer Hadley, returned to Seattle during the Great Depression to play for change on the street. Federal and regional funding also provided assistance for unemployed musicians, and the City Council sponsored outdoor concert series in the parks as one way to employ musicians. (Seattle PI photograph, 1931, courtesy of the Museum of History and Industry)

Greek clarinetist Nicholas Oeconamacos, who had performed under John Philip Sousa and the Seattle Symphony conductor Homer Hadley, returned to Seattle during the Great Depression to play for change on the street. Federal and regional funding also provided assistance for unemployed musicians, and the City Council sponsored outdoor concert series in the parks as one way to employ musicians. (Seattle PI photograph, 1931, courtesy of the Museum of History and Industry)

Seattle musician Mary Davenport Engberg. :: J. Willis Sayre Collection of Theatrical Photographs

Seattle musician Mary Davenport Engberg. :: J. Willis Sayre Collection of Theatrical Photographs

Corky was born Gene Patrick Corcoran in Tacoma, Washington on July 28, 1924. A teenage prodigy, he began playing professionally with Sonny Dunham at the age of 16. A year later, he was a featured soloist with Harry James. He stayed with James from 1941-47, before leaving to perform briefly with Tommy Dorsey, to freelance and finally to form his own group. Corky Corcoran died in Tacoma October 3, 1979, at the age of 55.

Corky was born Gene Patrick Corcoran in Tacoma, Washington on July 28, 1924. A teenage prodigy, he began playing professionally with Sonny Dunham at the age of 16. A year later, he was a featured soloist with Harry James. He stayed with James from 1941-47, before leaving to perform briefly with Tommy Dorsey, to freelance and finally to form his own group. Corky Corcoran died in Tacoma October 3, 1979, at the age of 55.

The Brothers Four - 50, 's, 60's & 70's Rock Bands of the Pacific Northwest.  John Paine, Terry Lauber, Mark Pearson and Bob Flick

The Brothers Four - 50, 's, 60's & 70's Rock Bands of the Pacific Northwest. John Paine, Terry Lauber, Mark Pearson and Bob Flick

Frank Roberts Trio - 1958-59 Left to right: Frank Roberts Sr., Don Osias, Dallas Schachere

Frank Roberts Trio - 1958-59 Left to right: Frank Roberts Sr., Don Osias, Dallas Schachere

Nicholas Oeconomacos, clarinetist was a valued eccentric. Those who also heard him enjoyed what Homer Hadley, who conducted the Seattle Symphony when Oeconomacos first joined it as principal clarinetist about 1910, described as “the softest clarinet in the world.” John Philip Sousa claimed to Seattle art patron Henry Broderick that Oeconomacos was the best clarinet player ever to appear in his band. Oeconomacos made two world tours with Sousa before settling in Seattle.

Nicholas Oeconomacos, clarinetist was a valued eccentric. Those who also heard him enjoyed what Homer Hadley, who conducted the Seattle Symphony when Oeconomacos first joined it as principal clarinetist about 1910, described as “the softest clarinet in the world.” John Philip Sousa claimed to Seattle art patron Henry Broderick that Oeconomacos was the best clarinet player ever to appear in his band. Oeconomacos made two world tours with Sousa before settling in Seattle.

A January 1952 photo of Member, Bonnie Guitar, then known as Bonnie Tutmarc

A January 1952 photo of Member, Bonnie Guitar, then known as Bonnie Tutmarc

NORTHWEST MUSIC ARCHIVES: BARNEY HILLIARD: SEATTLE’S '50s TEENAGED SAX STAR

NORTHWEST MUSIC ARCHIVES: BARNEY HILLIARD: SEATTLE’S '50s TEENAGED SAX STAR

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