Junior Mance, born Julian Clifford Mance, Jr., in Chicago,
Illinois on October 10, 1928 is a jazz pianist, composer, and
recording artist of thirty plus albums as a leader and
numerous recordings as a sideman. Junior began playing
the piano at the age of five, but did not begin formal training
until the age of eight. He started playing professionally
during his early teens. He attended Roosevelt College in
Chicago as music major.
In 1947 Junior left Roosevelt College to join Gene Ammons'
band and began his recording career with Gene. He joined
Lester Young in 1949 for almost two years, and rejoined
Ammons several months in 1951 before being drafted into