Frank Gant
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Frank Gant
Frank Gant
Born (1931-05-26) May 26, 1931 (age 88)
Detroit, Michigan
Jazz musician
Donald Byrd, Sonny Stitt, Yusef Lateef, Red Garland, Ahmad Jamal

Frank Gant (born May 26, 1931) is a jazz drummer.

Born in Detroit, Michigan,[1] Gant recorded with Donald Byrd, Sonny Stitt, and extensively with Yusef Lateef in the late 1950s and then Red Garland before becoming a member of Ahmad Jamal's trio (1966-1976).

His first gigs were with Billy Mitchell and Pepper Adams, and after working with Little John Wilson and his Merry Men at the Madison Ballroom, including four days backing Billie Holiday, he went on to join Alvin Jackson's house band at the Blue Bird.[2]

As the house drummer at Detroit's Club 12, with Jackson's band, he backed Thelonious Monk and Charlie Rouse in September 1959.[3]

In the 1970s, he accompanied Jamil Nasser and Harold Mabern as the rhythm section for workshops run by Cobi Narita.[4]


As sideman
With Sonny Stitt
With Yusef Lateef
With Red Garland
With Ahmad Jamal

With Al Haig


  1. ^ "Frank Gant". Retrieved 2013.
  2. ^ Björn, Lars Olof (2001) Before Motown: A History of Jazz in Detroit, 1920-60, p. 142. University of Michigan Press At Google Books. Retrieved 20 July 2013.
  3. ^ Kelley, Robin (2009) Thelonious Monk: The Life and Times of an American Original, p. 273. Simon and Schuster At Google Books. Retrieved 9 July 2013.
  4. ^ Gourse, Leslie (1996) Madame Jazz: Contemporary Women Instrumentalists, p. 62. Oxford University Press At Google Books. Retrieved 20 July 2013.

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