|Tags:||jazz piano bebop|
|Decades:||1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s|
20 March 1936, Memphis, Tennessee, USA. Mabern started out as a drummer, playing briefly in a band led by Frank Strozier, but after hearing Phineas Newborn he taught himself to play piano. Quickly proving himself on his new instrument, Mabern moved to Chicago in 1954 where he played with Walter Perkins JMT+3, Bob Cranshaw, Strozier and others before moving to New York at the end of the decade. Over the next four years, Mabern played in first-class company, including Harry Sweets Edison, Jimmy Forrest, Lionel Hampton, the Art Farmer - Benny Golson Jazztet, Donald Byrd, Miles Davis and singers Irene Reid and Arthur Prysock. This was followed by a two-year spell with J.J. Johnson, after which came gigs with Sonny Rollins, Freddie Hubbard, Wes Montgomery, Joe Williams and Sarah Vaughan. In the early 70s he was a member of Lee Morgans last group and also at this time began a long-lasting teaching engagement at William Paterson College. He has...