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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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