Frank Hewitt was a fixture on the New York jazz scene since
the mid-fifties. Over the years he played regularly with Cecil
Payne, Howard McGhee, Charles Davis, and the late
saxophone legend Clarence "C" Sharpe. He was the
featured artist at Smalls for over eight years until his passing
on September 5th, 2002 at age 66.
He appeared in the Living Theater's landmark production of
"The Connection," and played with Billie Holiday, Dinah
Washington, John Coltrane, among a long list of notables.
Musicians acknowledge him as a master, and the most
under-recognized bebop pianist of his generation. His
influences were Elmo Hope, Bud Powell, and Thelonious