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Genres: Bebop, Avant-garde Jazz, Post Bop, Third Stream

Horace Parlan (born January 19, 1931 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) is an American hard bop and post-bop piano player. He is noted for his contributions to the classic Charles Mingus recordings ''Mingus Ah Um'' and ''Blues & Roots''. As a child, Parlan was stricken with polio, resulting in the partial crippling of his right hand. The handicap, though, has contributed to his development of a particularly "pungent" left-hand chord voicing style, while comping with highly rhythmic phrases with the right. Between 1952-57, he worked in Washington DC with Sonny Stitt and then spent two years with Charles Mingus' Jazz Workshop. In 1973, Parlan moved to Copenhagen, Denmark, where he has been liv... Continue Bio >>


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