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10 May 1937, Oshkosh, Wisconsin, USA. Playing piano from when he was a tiny child, Melvoin studied extensively, eventually becoming a professional musician. In Los Angeles in the early 60s he played with several noted jazzmen, including Terry Gibbs, Paul Horn, Frank Rosolino, Gabor Szabo, Leroy Vinnegar (recording 1962s Leroy Walks Again!!), and Gerald Wilson. Melvoins subtle skills as an accompanist made him an in-demand figure on numerous live and recording sessions with singers, among whom are Johnny Hartman, Peggy Lee, Manhattan Transfer and Joe Williams. In the 70s, Melvoin, who also plays keyboards and organ, worked with Herb Ellis and Ray Brown (appearing on 1975s Hot Tracks) and Plas Johnson (1975s The Blues). The following decade he appeared on Pete Christliebs Going My Way.
Appointed president of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, Melvoin was also recipient of the organizations...