Ku-umba Frank Lacy (trombone & pocket trumpet)
Houston-born and Harlem-based trombonist and trumpet player who is a top-tier instrumentalist and bandleader.
The former musical director of Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers, he was called by Down Beat Magazine "the baddest sideman in jazz." Besides his own albums and bands, he has worked with the likes of the llinois Jacquet Big Band, Lester Bowie's Brass Fantasy, the Art Ensemble of Chicago, Henry Threadgill, Julius Hemphill, Hamiett Bluiett, Oliver Lake, McCoy Tyner Big Band, Bobby Watson's Horizon, Carly Bley, Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers (as musical director), Dizzy Gillespie, Roy Hargrove, The Mingus Big Band, Mutabaruka, Black Uhuru, The Eurythmics, Elvis Costello, the Sugarhill Gang, D'Angelo, , Erykah Badu, Branford Marsalis, Eric Benet and many more.
Europe jazz network page: http://www.ejn.it/mus/f_lacy.htm
wikipedia article: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frank_Lacy
Jazz weekly interview: http://www.jazzweekly.com/interviews/flacy.htm
Allmusic article: http://www.allmusic.com/artist/frank-lacy-p95961
Biography on Aria Apert>: http://www.russellbranca.com/AriaAperta/LACYBIO.html