Quad Cities Icons: Joe Frisco from Milan, IL – Vaudevillian Performer and Comedian

The Quad Cities Icons Series is a collection of paintings by local artist Jon Burns celebrating people of fame and notable achievement who were raised in, grew up around or spent significant time in the Quad-Cities. A showing of the various artworks will take place at Rock Island’s DeSoto Gallery through August. Joe Frisco from Milan, IL was a vaudevillian performer and comedian who got his start as a jazz dancer. So well known for his dancing he is referenced in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby where he describes a woman as “moving her hands like Frisco.”  Read More