Joe Albany

Genres: Jazz
Descriptive "tags": jazz piano under 2000 listeners Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s

Biography

Joseph Albani, 24 January 1924, Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA, d. 11 January 1988, New York, USA. After formal studies as a child, Albany began playing piano professionally and formed a friendship with Charlie Parker. By his mid-teens he was working extensively on the west coast, playing with Benny Carter’s orchestra in 1943 and appearing with many leading jazzmen. Early in 1946 he took part in club dates with Parker and Miles Davis. Albany missed Parker’s important Dial record session on 28 March 1946 when, following a quarrel with the saxophonist, he quit in the middle of the set at a club the previous night. Albany’s playing was of such a high standard that, along with other white piano-playing proponents of bop, in particular Al Haig and George Wallington, he helped to establish the genre. He also worked briefly with Georgie Auld and Boyd Raeburn and recorded with Lester Young.

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