A fine bebop pianist, Al Haig will come to mind as a
participant on the Miles Davis “Birth of the Cool” sessions.
Though this might be the primary recollection point on his
resume, Al Haig was quite a player in his own right, though
time has unjustly diminished his reputation.
Haig was born July 22, 1922, in Newark, New Jersey, and
his early jazz leanings were heavily influenced by Teddy
Wilson. Moving to New York in 1944, he started playing with
Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie Parker. He performed and
recorded with Gillespie from 1944 to 1946, Parker from
1948 to 1950, and then joined up with Stan Getz from 1949