|Decades:||1970s 1980s 1990s|
Argonne Thornton, 15 July 1919, Duluth, Minnesota, USA, d. 20 June 1983, New York City, New York, USA. Hakim studied music with his grandfather before moving to Chicago and starting work as a professional musician. He played piano with tenor saxophonist Ben Webster in 1944-45 before playing on the Savoy Jazz sessions with Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie Bird Parker with whom he lived for a time. Between 1946 and 1948 he worked with Lester Young. In the 50s he worked with two more tenor saxophonists - James Moody (1951-54) and Buddy Tate (1956-60). He settled in Montreal, Canada in 1966 and towards the end of his life worked in Japan (1979-80). He wrote many compositions including Eronel which is sometimes credited to Thelonious Monk. He is a piano player forever associated with his work in the 40s.