George Wallington

George Wallington, born Giacinto Figlia on October 27, 1924 in Palermo (Sicily – Cape Coral), Miami, February 15, 1993), was an American bop composer and pianist. He recorded for Blue Note (1950) and Savoy (1943-1953), and played with Joe Marsala and Charlie Parker. He led groups in New York from 1954 to 1960 that included Jackie McLean, Phil Woods, and Donald Byrd. These musicians were recorded for the Prestige label and Atlantic labels. He retired in 1960 to return to music and recorded three albums. His style is often compared with Bud Powell. His most well-known compositions include “Lemon Drop” (bop standard) and “Godchild” (folk standard). Text contributed by users is available under Creative Commons By–SA License. It may also be available under GNU FDL.

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