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James George Hunter, 19 August 1918, Spokane, Washington, USA, d. 28 May 1996, Los Angeles, California, USA. A self-taught pianist, Rowles first attracted wide attention in Southern California in the early 40s as a member of small groups led by Slim Gaillard, Lester Young and others. It was at this time that he struck up a friendship with Ben Webster that was to last for many years. Later in the decade he was with big bands led by Benny Goodman, Tommy Dorsey, Les Brown and Woody Herman, and was also in great demand as accompanist to singers. His reputation in this latter respect was enhanced by his work with Peggy Lee, Webster, Billie Holiday, Sarah Vaughan, Carmen McRae and Ella Fitzgerald (although he stated that he detested his work with Fitzgerald). His long years as a studio musician in Hollywood, and later in New York, failed to dampen either his own talent or the regard in which he was held by musicians.
Rowles recorded with George...