Stanley Free (12 April 1922-17 August 1995) was a New York City-based jazz musician, composer,
conductor and arranger.
born in Brooklyn in 1922, and
received a classical musical education, studying with Alexander
Siloti and also at the Juilliard School.
While still in his teens, he organized a
combo (Stanley Friedland's Royal New Yorkers) that played the
Catskills. He served as a staff sergeant in the Seventh Cavalry
World War II
, seeing combat in the
return, he became active in many musical endeavors, including
serving as musical director for one of the first live television
variety/talk shows -- "Cafe De Paris" with Sylvie St. Clair, on
WABD, the old DuMont channel in New York.
The Stan Free Trio played in many of the intimate jazz spots that
dotted New York in those days—The Composer, The Embers, The Living
Room, and Hickory House to name a few. He was the featured
performer for several summers at Herb McCarthy's Bowden Square in
He recorded several albums (now out of
print) under his own name: "Free For All: The Stan Free Trio,"
"Piano A La Percussion" and "Stan Free Five: Would You Believe?
Free's best-known recording is not under his own name—it is the
", with the artist listed as
, which was Free and five
studio musicians. Stan toured and recorded with the First Moog
Quartet, organized by Gershon
. He also arranged and conducted for many performers,
notably the jazz vocalist Chris Connor
(ChrisCraft), and the comedian Jack
. He was also a studio
for many of the rock and pop groups of the 60's,
including The Monkees
and The Association
. In 1979, Stan played
percussion on the Broadway Show The Most Happy Fella
. Stan was a
multi-talented musician, a charming raconteur, and a devoted
husband, father and grandfather. He died in New York in August,