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Primary Instrument: Piano

Born: August 16, 1926 | Died: December 2, 2002

Born in New York City, Waldron's jazz work was chiefly in the hard bop, post-bop and free jazz genres. He is known for his distinctive chord voicings and adaptable style, which was originally inspired by the playing of Thelonious Monk.

After obtaining a B.A. in music from Queen's College, New York, he worked in New York City in the early 1950s with Ike Quebec, “Big” Nick Nicholas, and rhythm and blues groups. He worked frequently with Charles Mingus from 1954 to 1956 and was Billie Holiday's regular accompanist from 1957 until her death in 1959. He also supervised recording sessions for Prestige Records, for which he provided arrangements and compositions (including the jazz standard “Soul Eyes”). After Holiday's death he chiefly led his own groups....
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Featured recording “One More Time”

One More Time

Sketchin' Records
2002
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    Seven Classic Albums

    Philips
    2013
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    One More Time

    Sketch
    2008
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    On Steinway

    Philips
    2005
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    Live At Dreher Paris 1981

    Hat Hut Records
    2003
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    One More Time

    Sketch
    2002
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    Riding A Zephyr

    Soul Note
    2002
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    Into The Light

    Philips
    1999
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