Horace Parlan

Horace Parlan
Born (1931-01-19) January 19, 1931
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Genres Bebop
Avant-garde jazz
Third stream
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Piano
Labels Blue Note, SteepleChase

Horace Parlan (born January 19, 1931, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) is an American hard bop and post-bop piano player.

He is noted for his contributions to the classic Charles Mingus recordings Mingus Ah Um and Blues & Roots.

In his birth year, Parlan was stricken with polio, resulting in the partial crippling of his right hand. The handicap, though, has contributed to his development of a particularly "pungent" left-hand chord voicing style, while comping with highly rhythmic phrases with the right.[1]

Between 1952 and 1957, he worked in Washington DC with Sonny Stitt and then spent two years with Mingus' Jazz Workshop.[1] In 1973, Parlan moved to Copenhagen, Denmark. He later settled in the small village of Rude in southern Zealand. In 1974 he did a State Department tour of Africa with Hal Singer.[1]

His later work, notably a series of duos with the tenor saxophonist Archie Shepp, including the album Goin' Home, is steeped in gospel music.

He was recipient of the 2000 Ben Webster Prize given by the Ben Webster Foundation.


As leader

As sideman

With Gene Ammons

With Dave Bailey

With Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis

With Lou Donaldson

With Pierre Dorge

With Booker Ervin

With Dexter Gordon

With Slide Hampton

With Langston Hughes

With Roland Kirk

With Charles Mingus

With Archie Shepp

With Zoot Sims

With Idrees Sulieman

With Stanley Turrentine

With Tommy Turrentine

With various artists


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