JUNIOR MANCE (pianist, composer, author) was born October 10, 1928 in Chicago, Illinois. Mance’s early career included stints with Gene Ammons and Lester Young. After his discharge from the Army in 1953 he was part of the house band at Chicago’s Bee Hive Jazz Club playing with Charlie Parker, Coleman Hawkins, Sonny Stitt and Eddie “Lockjaw” Davis. Junior accompanied the great Dinah Washington in the 1950s as well as working with Cannonball Adderley (his old army bandmate) , Dizzy Gillespie and leading his own groups. He was inducted into the International Jazz Hall of Fame in 1997 and in the 1990s was part of the elite group of pianists “100 Gold Fingers” which toured Japan yearly.