(b Nikoliev [now Nikolayev], Ukraine, 14 Nov ? 1904; d Harvey, IL, March 4, 1993). American pianist, broadcaster, and writer. He told Balliett (1981): “I’m not completely correct on when I was born. It was … somewhere between 1904 and 1906. We left hurriedly, and we had no papers.” His family moved to New York when he was six months old and to Chicago when he was six years old. Having taken piano lessons at Hull House from 1916 to 1920, he began his career playing as an unaccompanied soloist for 18 months at the Rainbow Gardens Café. He was introduced to recorded jazz while working at a resort at Delavan Lake in Wisconsin in 1927. After returning to Chicago he joined Wingy Manone, with whom he made his first recording (December 1928); he continued to work mainly in Chicago in the 1930s, then in ...
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Subjects: Jazz ; Contemporary Music
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