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Alcoholism and a lack of business sense resulted in the talented stride pianist Joe Sullivan being obscure for his last 20 years (he died in 1971). Richard Hadlock taped Sullivan playing piano solos at the Trident club in San Francisco during 1963, and they were released on this 1983 Pumpkin LP; these are the only recordings of Sullivan as a leader after 1955. In general, the pianist (even with a few minor missteps) is heard in good form, playing his usual repertoire of veteran swing tunes and songs associated with Fats Waller (along with his own "My Little Pride and Joy"). Because he was still only 57 at the time, it is a shame that this album (plus his appearance with Jack Teagarden at the 1963 Monterey Jazz Festival) was essentially the end of Joe Sullivan's career. Worth searching for.


Born: 04 November 1906 in Chicago, IL

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '30s, '40s, '50s, '60s

One of the great Earl Hines' disciples (along with Jess Stacy), Joe Sullivan's style was perfect for the freewheeling jazz of Eddie Condon's bands. Sullivan graduated from the Chicago Conservatory and was an important contributor to the Chicago jazz scene of the 1920s. He was in New York during the next decade and his solo recordings include an original ("Little Rock Getaway") that would become a standard. In 1936, Sullivan joined Bob Crosby's band, but tuberculosis put him in the hospital for ten...
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