Drummer Frankie Dunlop Dead at 85

Played with Monk, Ellington, Rollins and others

Drummer and percussionist Frankie Dunlop has passed away at age of 85. A specific date and cause have not been divulged by the musician’s family, but Dunlop was known to have been ill for some time.

According to a press release, Dunlop turned professional at age 16 and subsequently worked with Duke Ellington, Thelonious Monk, Sonny Rollins, Charles Mingus and Lionel Hampton, among others.


Frankie Dunlop

A memorial-celebration of Frankie Dunlop’s life is being held on Wednesday, August 27, 2014 at 7 p.m., at Saint Peter’s Church, 619 Lexington Avenue, New York, New York.

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  • Aug 11, 2014 at 09:06AM WilliamPoole

    So sorry to hear this news of his passing, wish I could attend his memorial at the JazzChurch. I loved going to a jazz-vespers service there long ago when the Pastor John Gensel was still living.

    Hope there will be more info to read about him in a future issue.

    Love Dunlop's work w/ Monk - he was such a youngster playing with TSM back then! Very unusual to see what looks like 2 sticks in his right hand! very creative dude. I was never able to see him live, unfortunately. Would enjoy reading/hearing from readers who were able to catch him at the old clubs like 5 Spot, Jazz Gallery, Bohemia, etc. --Bill Poole North Carolina

    PS: am I mistaken or did he spell his first name with no "e"? or maybe it's another 50's jazz drummer I'm thinking about with an unusual spelling...

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