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MABERN, Harold

(b 20 March '36, Memphis TN) Piano, composer. Self-taught as a teenager; moved to Chicago '54 and studied with Ahmad Jamal, to NYC '59; recorded with Walter Perkins, Farmer/Golson Jazztet, J. J. Johnson, others. Highly regarded by other musicians; worked as accompanist for Joe Williams, Sarah Vaughan, Arthur Prysock. Own albums on Prestige A Few Miles From Memphis, Rakin' And Scrapin', Workin' And Wailin' '68--9 (all with George Coleman); Greasy Kid Stuff (with Lee Morgan) '68--70. He recorded with Stanley Cowell's Piano Choir, with Billy Harper in Japan '77; then his own Pisces Calling c'80 on Trident. Straight Street was a trio on DIW with Ron Carter and Jack DeJohnette, The Leading Man '93 on Columbia a trio with the right guests on a few tracks. On Sackville: Live At Cafe Des Copains, Philadelphia Bound '93 (duo with Kieren Overs), For Phineas '95 a two-piano duet with Geoff Keezer (b 21 Nov. '70 Eau Claire WI; own albums on Sackville, DIW, Sunnyside, Blue Note).