If you’re studying Hayden’s Slow Blues course, or if you’re just a fan of blues piano, you might like the album Junior’s Blues (1963).
Junior Mance (1928-2021) worked and recorded with a number of artists including Gene Ammons, Lester Young, Dinah Washington, Cannonball Adderley, and Dizzy Gillespie.
He was also an educator. He taught at The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music for 23 years, counting Brad Mehldau and Larry Goldings among his students before retiring in 2011. He also published a little gem of a book, How to Play Blues Piano in June 1967.
Of his playing, Leonard Feather noted:
As anyone will attest who has seen Junior Mance in person, there is in his work at all times a joy of creation, a sense of spontaneity and pleasure that most jazz enthusiasts still feel must be a part of any meaningful performance.