Interview: Junior Mance (Part 1) - JazzWax

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January 05, 2011


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Ed Leimbacher

He's the Mance, and you the Man. And Cannon? Kept Junior from becoming 'fodder! So what else you got? Bring it on.

John Birchard

I first heard Junior Mance when he was a member of Cannonball Adderley's original quintet, on a Mercury recording titled "Sophisticated Swing". Then, in 1962 I had a chance to meet and interview him during his engagement at the old Heublein Lounge in Hartford, CT, when I was a fresh-from-college jazz disc jockey on WCCC-FM. Junior by that time was recording for the Jazztime label, a subsidiary of Riverside. (I believe Cannonball got him that gig.) In more recent years (maybe 2009) I caught his live performance with the U-S Air Force Airmen of Note at American University in Washington, DC. He looks a little older, but he remains the sames outgoing, friendly personality and blues-drenched piano player that delighted this listener so many years ago. Thanks, Junior.

John Birchard

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