28 August 1928, New York City, New York, USA, d. 4 August 1993, Copenhagen, Denmark. A child prodigy, Drew studied piano and music, making his first records in 1949 with Howard McGhee. In the 50s, he was much in demand for recording and club sessions by mainstream and modern musicians such as Coleman Hawkins, Lester Young and Charlie Parker. He worked regularly with Buddy De Franco and appeared on John Coltranes seminal Blue Train. Towards the end of the 50s he worked with Buddy Rich, but by 1961 Drew was resident in Paris relocating in 1964 to Copenhagen, where he lived until his death. In his adopted city, Drew worked mainly at composing and arranging and also ran successful companies engaged in music publishing and recording. He still found time to record his own playing and regularly accompanied local luminaries, such as Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen, and visiting American jazz artists. In performance Drews playing was exhilaratingly complex,...
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