Horace Parlan

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Date of Birth January 19, 1931
Place of Birth Pennsylvania
Date of Death Feb 23, 2017 (86)
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Horace Parlan was an American hard bop and post-bop pianist and composer. He was known for his contributions to the Charles Mingus recordings Mingus Ah Um and Blues & Roots.

Born: Jan 19, 1931, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Died: Feb 23, 2017, Korsør, Denmark
Genres: Bebop, avant-garde jazz, post-bop, third stream
Occupation(s): Musician, composer
Instruments: Piano
Labels: Blue Note, SteepleChase
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About Horace Parlan

Known for developing a unique left- and right-hand technique that some described as pungent.

Before Fame

He collaborated with jazz saxophonist Sonny Stitt during the 1950s.


He relocated to Copenhagen, Denmark, in 1973 and later moved to Rude in southern Zealand.

Family Life

His family helped him through a bout with polio as a child, which left his right hand partially crippled and ultimately contributed to his unique style.


He became known for contributing to Mingus Ah Um and Blues & Roots, both classic recordings by Charles Mingus.

Information related to Horace Parlan

  • Hard bop pianists
  • SteepleChase Records artists
  • Post-bop pianists
  • Enja Records artists
  • Blue Note Records artists
  • Musicians from Pittsburgh
  • Male jazz musicians
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