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John Campbell

Pianist John Campbell, a robust player who’s creative inside the tradition, is most beneficial known for his organizations with Mel Torme as well as the Terry Gibbs-Buddy DeFranco quintet. He began piano lessons at seven, and in 1977 transferred to Chicago. His trio/quartet (known originally as Campbell’s Group) was shortly popular to accompany touring performers (including Eddie Jefferson/Richie Cole, Eddie Harris, and Adam Moody) and, in 1981, he toured European countries with Clark Terry. In 1984, Campbell transferred to NY, and he subbed for Jim McNeely with Stan Getz’s group. In 1986, he became a member of Mel Torme, and shortly afterward installed with Terry Gibbs. In 1993, Campbell documented a solo disk for Concord (Live at Maybeck Recital Hall, Vol. 29). After an extended hiatus, Workin’ Out was released eight years later on.

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