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03-Jun-2016

Frank Marocco Historic Video of His Final Concert, Beijing - China

Video 1: Lisa composed and performed by Frank Marocco Video 2: Sophisticated Lady Video 3: Full concert of 59 minutes.
Frank Marocco book coverVideo 1: Frank and a chamber ensemble performing Frank’s composition, “Lisa”,
Video 2: Frank performing his arrangement of Duke Ellington’s “Sophisticated Lady”.
Video 3: The whole concert of nearly one hour.

Frank Marocco was unable to attend the 2012 accordion orchestra camp which bore his name. We had been running this popular camp in Mesa, Arizona, for Frank since 2007.

Frank Marocco was sadly in the hospital, gravely ill, with metal poisoning from a faulty replacement hip. Two weeks after the camp ended, Frank sadly passed away.

We were handed a DVD at the 2012 event with a handwritten title, “Frank Marocco Beijing 2011”. When we got home from Arizona, stressed out and horribly saddened by Frank’s imminent death, we put aside our camp materials including the DVD. While searching for another DVD two weeks ago, the Beijing DVD turned up.

Slipping the disc into the DVD player revealed the most amazing find – a concert that took place at the First International Accordion Festival in Beijing, China in November 2011 at which Frank was one of the performers. This was to be Frank’s final public concert.

We were transfixed watching one selection after another, first with a chamber ensemble and then solo. We had never seen Frank play so beautifully!

Editor: Now available again is the Frank Marocco 3 CD set and a beautifully presented book titled "Jazz On The Road, Volume 1-3" Catalog: ks550

The book describes Frank Marocco's musical life in extensive texts enriched with many never-before published photos and significant interviews. The author is accordionist, conductor and music historian Thomas Eickhoff.
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