Junior Mance Day
October 10, 1928 – January 18, 2021
The veteran pianist is heard at his most soulful
Pianist Julian Clifford Mance, Jr. was born on Oct. 10, 1928 in Evanston, Illinois.
Always known as Junior, he began playing piano when he was 5, started playing gigs at 10 (back in 1938), and regularly performed in Chicago clubs as a teenager.
In his career, the pianist had major associations with Gene Ammons (1947-49 and on and off for decades), Lester Young, Dinah Washington (1954-56), Cannonball Adderley (1956-58), Dizzy Gillespie (1959-60) and the Eddie “Lockjaw” Davis/Johnny Griffin Quintet (1960-61)
While Junior Mance is a masterful bop, swing and blues player, there is always a sincere and powerful soulfulness to his playing.
That quality is certainly true in this version of “Jubilation,” performed in 2002 at a concert in Stuttgart, Germany.
– Scott Yanow