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Barry Harris - 65% match to Junior Mance

Genres: Jazz
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Willis Jackson - 53% match to Junior Mance

Genres: Blues Jazz
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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25 April 1928, Miami, Florida, USA, d. 25 October 1987, New York City, New York, USA. From his late teenage, Willis ‘Gator’ Jackson played tenor saxophone in many bands in his home state before attending university where he studied music theory. From the late 40s into the mid-50s he played in various editions of the small band led by Cootie Williams. Overlapping th Read more

Red Garland - 48% match to Junior Mance

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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William M. Garland, 13 May 1923, Dallas, Texas, USA, d. 23 April 1984, Dallas, Texas, USA. Garland turned to the piano in his late teens, having earlier studied and played reed instruments. Although initially inspired by mainstream artists, he moved into bebop in the late 40s, accompanying Charlie Parker, Fats Navarro and others while still playing regularly with musicians s Read more

Eric Reed - 45% match to Junior Mance

Genres: Holiday & Seasonal Jazz
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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Eric Scott Reed, 21 June 1970, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. Pianist Reed began his life in music when he was two years old with an interest in the drums. He gravitated to the piano and began formal lessons at five, eventually studying with influential teacher Vernon Lathon. Memorable influences at this time included the music that Reed heard in church, including pianists Read more

Hank Jones - 45% match to Junior Mance

Genres: Christian & Gospel Jazz Vocals
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Henry Jones, 31 July 1918, Vicksburg, Mississippi, USA. Eldest of three remarkable brothers in jazz (Thad Jones and Elvin Jones), Hank Jones was raised in Pontiac, Michigan and by the beginning of his teenage years played piano professionally in local bands. In 1944 he went to New York where he joined the Oran ‘ Hot Lips’ Page band. Although Jones had previously b Read more

Billy Taylor - 41% match to Junior Mance

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Shirley Scott - 40% match to Junior Mance

Genres: Jazz Latin
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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14 March 1934, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, d. 10 March 2002, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. Although she had studied both piano and trumpet as a child, Scott’s breakthrough occurred when she switched to organ in the mid-50s. Mostly working in small groups with a saxophone leader and a drummer, she became very popular. Her musical associates included outstanding j Read more

Ray Bryant - 38% match to Junior Mance

Genres: Jazz R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Raphael Bryant, 24 December 1931, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. Coming from a musical family gave Bryant an advantage - his mother played piano and his sister sang in a gospel choir. He started on bass, but passed it to his older brother Tom, in order to play piano. The Bryant Brothers became the house band for Philadelphia’s Blue Note Club, where they played with Ch Read more

Gene Harris - 37% match to Junior Mance

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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1 September 1933, Benton Harbour, Michigan, USA, d. 16 January 2000, Boise, Idaho, USA. A self-taught pianist, Harris extended his playing ability from its original boogie-woogie base while on military service. In the mid-50s he formed the Three Sounds with drummer Bill Dowdy and bass player Andrew Simpkins. The trio played highly popular bluesy mainstream jazz and recorded Read more

Dave Pike - 36% match to Junior Mance

Genres: Jazz Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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David Samuel Pike, 23 March 1938, Detroit, Michigan, USA. Pike started playing drums when he was eight and is self-taught on vibes, inspired by the playing of Lionel Hampton and Milt Jackson. He moved to Los Angeles in 1953 and played with musicians including Elmo Hope and the saxophonists Harold Land and Dexter Gordon. He played for two years with Paul Bley. In 1960 he move Read more

Grassella Oliphant - 36% match to Junior Mance

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1960s
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Wynton Kelly - 34% match to Junior Mance

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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2 December 1931, Jamaica, West Indies, d. 12 April 1971, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Raised in New York, Kelly first played piano professionally with various R&B bands, where his musical associates included Eddie ‘Lockjaw’ Davis. In the early 50s, he played with Dizzy Gillespie, Dinah Washington and Lester Young. He recorded some fine sessions for Blue Note Recor Read more

Ed Thigpen - 32% match to Junior Mance

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Edward Leonard Thigpen, 28 December 1930, Chicago, Illinois, USA. Following in the footsteps of his father Ben (who played drums with Andy Kirk for almost two decades), Thigpen began playing drums as a child. His first big-name engagement came in 1951 when he joined the Cootie Williams band. Later in the 50s he played with Johnny Hodges, Lennie Tristano, John Coltrane, Bud P Read more

Marian McPartland - 32% match to Junior Mance

Genres: Holiday & Seasonal Jazz
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Margaret Marian Turner, 20 March 1920, Slough, Berkshire, England. Prior to World War II, McPartland played British music halls as a member of a four-piano group led by Billy Mayerl. While touring with ENSA (the British equivalent of America’s USO), she met and married Jimmy McPartland. At the end of the war she went to the USA with her husband, quickly establishing a r Read more

Hank Crawford - 30% match to Junior Mance

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Bennie Ross Crawford, 21 December 1934, Memphis, Tennessee, USA. One of the most prolific jazz/blues saxophonists, Crawford came to prominence as a member of the Ray Charles band in the late 50s. After studying at the University of Tennessee, he joined Charles in 1958, playing baritone saxophone and working closely with the leader on arrangements and new material. Eventually Read more


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