Julian Clifford Mance, Jnr., 10 October 1928, Chicago, Illinois, USA. Taught piano by his father, a professional jazz musician, Mance was playing professionally long before he entered his teenage years. In the late 40s, still in his teens, he joined a band led by Gene Ammons and in 1950 worked with Lester Young. After military service, he gained a residency at a Chicago jazz club before becoming Dinah Washingtons accompanist. In the mid-60s, he played with Cannonball Adderley and Nat Adderley, whom he had first met in an army band, then joined Dizzy Gillespie. By the early 60s, Mance had decided on a career as leader and from then onwards worked clubs throughout the USA. Although primarily known for his work in bop and post-bop groups, Mances playing reveals echoes of his fathers early instruction, which drew heavily upon the blues piano tradition. A gifted player with a fluent technique and subtle touch, Mances reputation worldwide is...
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