A natural musician since birth (and maybe a little before), Frank Longino has been playing since day one - whether it was on the table, the back of the car seat, a trumpet, a trombone, a drum, his vocal cords, or a piano. Frank has always had a tune going on. His theory is, “There’s one universal tune constantly playing. You just jump in and take a few choruses when you can.”
Other than his frequent sojourns into the never-ending tune, Frank has had a full and varied career in music. Born and raised in the South, he started out as a trombone player playing in small and large-group jazz ensembles as well as classical/symphonic settings. He grew up with a deep involvement in church music (his father was a pastor and musician), gaining an appreciation of both traditional and contemporary styles. Moving to New York in the late 1980’s, Frank began focusing on piano and playing in the local music scene. He is also a singer and actor, and since 1997 has been a charter member of the New York-based improvisational opera group Play It By Ear.
Frank has had the privilege to work with Percy Sledge, Rob McConnell, Bill Watrous, Don Menza, Pyeng Threadgill and Al Cobine, among others. In 2011, he moved back to the South after being in New York for 24 years.