Horace Parlan and Svend Asmussen

Horace Parlan, a jazz pianist who suffered from polio as a child, and overcame the limited use of his right hand to develop a distinctive style, recently died at the age of 86.

In Pittsburgh at the age of 5, Parlan acquired polio and was partially paralyzed on his right side. As therapy, he began studying piano. He eventually recovered partial use of three fingers on his right hand and learned to compensate by using his left hand.

However, Parlan found it hard to make a living in jazz in the United States and moved in 1972 to Denmark, where he worked for the rest of his career.

Danish jazz violinist Svend Asmussen, who played with legends like Duke Ellington, also recently died, at age 100.

Spend some time listening to their music.


Svend Asmussen, Danish violinist

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