April 11, 1947 -- January 30, 2004
Born in Tulsa, Frank Mantooth was a pianist; composer, arranger, clinician and educator resided in Garden City, Kansas. Frank's five albums, "Suite Tooth," "Persevere," "Dangerous Precedent," "Sophisticated Lady," and "A Miracle" have garnered a total of eleven Grammy nominations in both writing and playing categories. Frank's last CD project, "A Miracle," on the Seabreeze label, features Pete Christlieb, Kevin Mahogany, Diane Schuur, Pat LaBarbera, Bobby Shew, Kim Park, and other jazz artists.
He earned a degree in music from North Texas State University, contributed arrangements to the Air Force Academy Falconaires, and spent several years in Austria, where he earned his piano degree from the Vienna Hochshule fuer Musik. After returning to the U.S., he was commissioned to write music for Doc Severinsen, The Kansas City Symphony and the Madison Symphony Orchestra. He received writing commissions from the Kansas City Symphony, the Madison Symphony Orchestra, Doc Severinsen, Pete Christlieb, Louie Bellson, and the USAF Airmen of Note.
Frank published five volumes of "The Best Chord Changes for the World's Greatest Standards" for the Hal Leonard Corporation, in addition to over 165 works for combo and jazz ensembles which have been published with five major publishing houses since 1978.
In February of 1999, he received the Florence Crittenton Foundation's Citizen of the Year award. Previous recipients have been former Kansas Senator Nancy Kassenbaum-Baker and former First Lady Barbara Bush. The 1999 Wichita Jazz Festival bestowed upon Frank the annual Homer Osborne award for outstanding contributions to jazz education. Frank was included in the 2001 edition of Grove's Dictionary of Jazz.
- Our First with Wayne Darling (Fontana Records, 197?)
- Suite Tooth (Optimism Records, 1987)
- Sophisticated Lady (Sea Breeze, 1995)
- Miracle (Sea Breeze, 1999)
- Ladies Sing for Lovers (MCG Jazz, 2005)
- Dangerous Precedent (Sea Breeze Records 1993)
- Per-Se-Vere (initially released by Optimism Records 1987 | released by Sea Breeze 2005)