Junior Mance

Junior Mance (actually Julian Clifford Mance, Jr., born October 10, 1928 in Chicago) is an American jazz pianist and composer.

Life and work

As a child, Junior Mance was taught by his father, a stride and boogie-woogie pianist. During his school years, he began to play professionally. He spent two years at Roosevelt College in Chicago, left it in 1947 to play in Gene Ammons ' band, where his musical career began. Mance played in Ammons ' band until 1949. Moreover, he worked for a year with Lester Young (1948 /49), and then again to play at Ammons before he was drafted in 1951 in the U.S. Army. He played in the 36th Army Band at Fort Knox, Kentucky, where he was on duty with Julian " Cannonball" Adderley, Nat Adderley, and Curtis Fuller.

After discharge from the Army in 1953, Mance worked as a sideman with musicians such as Dinah Washington (1954 /55), Cannonball Adderley, and Dizzy Gillespie (1958 /59) before 1961 his own trio formed consisting of Larry Gales ( bass) and Ben Riley (drums). Your Village Vanguard gig was recorded by Riverside Records. In 1964, he played in a trio with bassist Ron Carter and drummer Mickey Roker. With his combo he also accompanied Billie Poole. Overall, Mance has recorded over thirty albums for Verve jazz label like, Jazzland, Riverside, Capitol, Atlantic, Milestone, Polydor, Inner City, JSP, Nilva, Sackville, Bee Hive, and others.

Since 1988, Junior Mance was a member of the faculty of the Jazz and Contemporary Music Program at New School University in New York City.

In 1997, Junior Mance was inducted into the International Jazz Hall of Fame.


Sources / Links

  • Junior Mance Homepage
  • R. L. Doerschuk and as nuclear field, ' Mance, Junior ', Grove Music Online, ed L. Macy ( Accessed 15 June 2007 )
  • Junior Mance at Allmusic (English)
  • Junior Mance at Discogs (English)

Literature / source

  • Richard Cook & Brian Morton: The Penguin Guide to Jazz on CD, 6th Edition, London, Penguin, 2002 ISBN 0-14-017949-6.
  • Martin Kunzler: Jazz Encyclopedia, Reinbek, Rowohlt, 1993
  • Jazz Pianist
  • American musician
  • Born in 1928
  • Man