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Pianist Chris Anderson Dies at 81

Pianist Chris Anderson, who played with Dinah Washington, Charlie Parker, Roland Kirk, Stan Getz, Sonny Rollins, Max Roach and others, died on Feb. 4th from the effects of a stroke. He was 81.

Anderson was born in Chicago on February 26, 1926. His lifelong fascination with harmony, sparked by movie scores, began well before the age of 10. He was already teaching himself to play on the family piano, so well indeed that he never took lessons, a clue to the startling originality of his harmonic ideas. Before Anderson finished high school, he was playing blues gigs in Southside bars. An after-high school job in a record store exposed him to Nat “King” Cole, Art Tatum and Duke Ellington; from then on, jazz was his music.

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