Vince Guaraldi

By Derrick Bang

Like most so-called overnight successes, Vincent Anthony Guaraldi—who forever described himself as “a reformed boogie-woogie piano player”—worked hard for his big break.

The man eventually dubbed “Dr. Funk” by his compatriots was born in San Francisco on July 17, 1928; he graduated from Lincoln High School and then San Francisco State College. Guaraldi began performing while in college, haunting sessions at the Black Hawk and Jackson's Nook, sometimes with the Chubby Jackson

Chubby Jackson
Chubby Jackson
1918 - 2003
bass, acoustic
/ Bill Harris
Bill Harris

saxophone
band, other times in combos with Sonny Criss
Sonny Criss
Sonny Criss
1927 - 1977
sax, alto
and Bill Harris
Bill Harris

saxophone
. He played weddings, high school concerts, and countless other small-potatoes gigs.

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Albums

A Charlie Brown Christmas
A Charlie Brown...
Fantasy Jazz
2015
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The Very Best of Vince Guaraldi
The Very Best of...
Fantasy Jazz
2012
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Peanuts Portraits
Peanuts Portraits
Concord Music Group
2010
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Essential Standards
Essential Standards
Concord Music Group
2009
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The Definitive Vince Guaraldi
The Definitive Vince...
Fantasy Jazz
2009
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The Lost Cues From The Charlie Brown Television Specials, Volume 1
The Lost Cues From...
D&D
2007
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