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Walter Davis Jr.

Walter Davis, Jr.a superb jazz pianist who played with and was a respected peer of the founding fathers of bebop, was born September 2, 1932 in Richmond, Virginia, and was reared in East Orange, New Jersey. His mother sang gospel; his father and four uncles played church and stride piano. By the time he entered high school, Walter was clearly a gifted classical pianist, but hearing Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie in the legendary Billy Eckstine big band changed his music and his life. In 1949, he played his first gig with Bird at the Apollo. It went so well that Bird asked Walter’s mother if he could go with him on a road tour. One show happened to be seen by his high school principal; that finished school for Walter.

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Albums

In Walked Thelonious
In Walked Thelonious
Mapleshade Recordings
2005
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Uranus
ugEXPLODE
1981
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400 Years Ago,...
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1979
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A Being Such As You
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1979
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Abide With Me
Concord Jazz
1978
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Sister Mayme Pt. 1
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1974
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Videos

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