Junior Mance

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According to Wikipedia, Julian Clifford Mance, Jr. , known as Junior Mance, was an American jazz pianist and composer. Biography Early life Mance was born in Evanston, Illinois. When he was five years old, Mance started playing piano on an upright in his family's home in Evanston. His father, Julian, taught Mance to play stride piano and boogie-woogie. With his father's permission, Mance had his first professional gig in Chicago at the age of ten when his upstairs neighbor, a saxophone player, needed a replacement for a pianist who was ill. Mance was known to his family as "Junior" , and the nickname stuck with him throughout his professional career.

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