b. Charles Phillips Thompson, 12 March 1918, Springfield, Ohio, USA. After getting started on violin Thompson turned to piano and was playing skillfully by his mid-teenage years. Through the middle- to past due 30s he used several notable place rings in the south-west, including that led by Nat Towles. In 1940 he was briefly with Lionel Hampton’s big music group but preferred little group function, although he frequently wrote agreements for music artists including Count number Basie and Jimmy Dorsey. Through the 40s and 50s he caused leading jazzmen such as for example Lester Teen (who bestowed upon him the name where he was eventually known), Coleman Hawkins, Illinois Jacquet, Jimmy Hurrying and Buck Clayton, the final an especially essential musical affiliate. Through the 60s he continuing using Roy Eldridge, Clayton and various other major artists, and in addition led his very own groups, frequently switching to body organ. Illness slowed his profession in the 70s but with the 80s he was back again on the picture once again, playing at many venues all over the world. An especially effective ensemble participant, Thompson’s function in the Clayton rings of the middle-50s ably showed his understated abilities. His solos screen a calm guarantee, a generally unused affinity for the blues and a sensitive contact on ballads. ‘Robbins’ Nest’, a jazz regular, is his structure.