Price: $175.00

MINT CONDITION

LOU STEIN - PIANIST

Autographed original candid matte, double-weight original Al White photograph of the legendary jazz pianist.  Dedicated to the photographer. 

Stein (1922-2002) was from Philly and studied with professional classical accompanist Gregroy Ashman.  He made his first professional performances when he was 18, including with Ray McKinley’s band.  During World War II he played in Glenn Miller’s Army Air Force Band, but did not tour with them outside of the U.S.  He rejoined McKinley’s band after the War and played and recorded with them from 1946-1947.  He also played on Charlie Ventura’s recording of “East of Suez” in 1947. At this point in his career he opted for a session career.  Stein was a bit of a chameleon and was in demand in traditional jazz, Dixieland, be-bop and pop.  He played on Charlie Parker’s album “Big Band” in 1953.  He also recorded during the late 1940’s and 1950’s with, Jeri Adams, Louie Bellson, Bob Crosby, Percy Faith, Jimmy Giuffre, Coleman Hawkins, Neal Hefti, Woody Herman, Peanuts Hucko, J.J. Johnson, Lee Konitz, The Lawson-Haggart Band, Joe Newman, Oscar Peterson (he composed Soft Sands), Sarah Vaughan, Cootie Williams, Kai Winding and Lester Young. Between 1954 and 1956 he made a number of recordings as bandleader, including a top 40 hit “Almost Paradise” in 1957.  Downbeat Magazine placed him as the number 2 session pianist in New York City during the 1950’s.  He disappears from recording for most of th3 1960’s though he tours Europe with violinist Joe Venuti in 1969 and again from 1971 to 1972.  He also makes more recordings as a bandleader in 1971, as well as a solo recording in 1977, a Tribute to Tatum.  In 1981 he records with Ray McKinley and separately with Flip Phillips.  In 1987 Stein records with Nick Fatool and the World’s Greatest Jazz Band.  The same year, his recording with Benny Goodman’s Septet is released posthumously.  Stein played around the World, a guest at festivals and jazz parties in the U.S. and in Europe and the Far East.      

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