Frank Barham jams on the chromatic harmonica at The Velvet Note, an Atlanta venue that bills itself as “designed by musicians for musicians.”

Frank Barham jams on the chromatic harmonica at The Velvet Note, an Atlanta venue that bills itself as “designed by musicians for musicians.”

From all accounts, Memphis-born Frank Barham should be dead. The accomplished actor, dancer and jazz musician survived the terrible automobile accident and spinal cord injury that changed his life in an instant at the age of 25. That was more than 30 years ago. Funny how things work out. At the time of the accident he was none of these things. He was a young man in a very dark place. In fact, the accident may have been a subconscious death wish.

Eight years earlier, Barham, his father, and a couple of friends were engaging in horseplay around a swimming pool. In the