Junior Mance

JUNIOR MANCE, born Julian Clifford Mance, Jr., in Chicago, Illinois on October 10, 1928 is a jazz pianist, composer, author of "HOW TO PLAY BLUES PIANO", and recording artist of thirty plus albums as a leader and over 100 recordings as a sideman.

Junior began playing the piano at the age of five, but did not begin formal training until the age of eight. By the time he was ten, Junior was playing locally in his neighborhood of Evanston.

He started playing professionally in Chicago during his early teens and in 1947, Junior left Roosevelt College to join Gene Ammons' band and began his recording career and the commitment to his career as a jazz artist.

Junior has performed and recorded with such jazz legends as Cannonball Adderley, Coleman Hawkins, Eddie “Lockjaw” Davis, Sonny Stitt, Dinah Washington, Johnny Griffin, and many others as he traveled both national and international.

In 2006, Junior and his wife, Gloria, started their own recording and publishing company JUNGLO MUSIC, INC. and they released Junior’s last CD, 「For My Fans, It’s All About You」, in 2015 along with four others CDs. 

After a career that spans for over 75 years and at the age of 87, Junior has retired from traveling and performing.

 

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