Harold Mabern

Harold Mabern, Jr. was born in Memphis, Tennessee on March 20th 1936. Spent some of his early years in Chicago and moved to New York City in the early 1960's where he began to work with Lionel Hampton, Art Farmer's Jazztet and J.J.Johnson.

Mabern has accompanied many vocalists including Joe Williams, Sarah Vaughan, Dakota Staton, Irene Reid, and Arthur Prysock.Also worked with Roland Kirk, Sonny Rollins, Freddie Hubbard, Lee Morgan, Roy Haynes and Wes Montgomery in the late 1960's. He later worked with Clark Terry, Billy Harper, Joe Newman and George Coleman, became a member of a seven-piano group under the direction of Stanley Cowell.

His compositions include "Strozier's Mode", "Rakin' and Scrapin'", and "A Few Miles from Memphis".

Recommended recordings:"For Phineas" with Geoff KeezerSackville SKCD2-2041
"Philadelphia Bound" with Kieran OversSackville SKCD2-3051