Donald's Encyclopedia of Popular Music
Big jazz band. Frankie Capp (b 20 Aug. '31, Worcester MA) was drummer with Stan Kenton, many others, then studio/session player in LA for many years; Nat Pierce the well-known arranger and rhythm pianist; the Capp/Pierce band was called 'a juggernaut in Basin Street' '76 and the name stuck. Though everybody said big bands were dead, uneconomic and so forth, Concord Jazz sold the records anyway. Debut Juggernaut followed by Live At Century Plaza, then Juggernaut Strikes Again '81; Plaza had vocals by by Joe Williams, the others by Ernie Andrews; Live At The Alley '87 featured Ernestine Anderson. Capp also made The Frank Capp Trio Presents Rickey Woodard and Quality Time, a quartet also backing Woodard, all on Concord. (New voice alto and tenor saxist Woodard also has albums on Candid, Concord, Fresh Sound.) After Pierce's death Capp made In A Hefti Bag '94--5 and Play It Again Sam '97 with the big band, featuring arr. by Neal Hefti and Sammy Nestico respectively.