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WELLSTOOD, Dick

(b 25 Nov. '27, Greenwich CT; d 24 July '87, Palo Alto CA) Name pron. 'Wellstead'; pianist in trad. style derived from James P. Johnson, etc. Also a good writer (e.g. of sleeve notes, and brilliantly funny letters for those lucky enough to receive them) and a qualified attorney. Came to fame playing in a band with Bob Wilber '46, played with Sidney Bechet in Chicago '47, played with Rex Stewart, Charlie Shavers etc at Nick's in NYC. Toured with World's Greatest Jazz Band; toured '80s in the Blue Three with Kenny Davern, drummer Bobby Rosengarden. Made many albums as sideman with Wilber, etc, as well as solo sets (CD on Solo Art), and still has many fans. Duo Never In A Million Years on Challenge with Kenny Davern was made live at the Vineyard Theatre; solo two-CD Live At The Sticky Wicket '86 on Arbors made a joyous memorial. This Is The One ... Dig! and Dick Wellstood--Alone on Solo Art compiled '71--6 solo tracks.