George Wallington was one of the first and best bop pianists, ranking up there with Al Haig, just below Bud Powell. He was also the composer of two bop standards that caught on for a time: Lemon Drop and Godchild. Born in Sicily, Wallington and his family moved to the U.S. in 1925. He arrived in New York in the early 40s and was a member of the first bop group to play on 52nd Street, Dizzy Gillespies combo of 1943-1944. After spending a year with Joe Marsalas band, Wallington played with the whos who of bop during 1946-1952, including Charlie Parker, Serge Chaloff, Allan Eager, Kai Winding, Terry Gibbs, Brew Moore, Al Cohn, Gerry Mulligan, Zoot Sims, and Red Rodney.
  George Wallington was one of the first and best bop pianists, ranking up there with Al Haig, just below Bud Powell. He was also the composer of two bop standards that caught on for a time: Lemon Drop and Godchild. Born in Sicily, Wallington and his family moved to the U.S. in 1925. He arrived in New York in the early 40s and was a member of the first bop group to play on 52nd Street, Dizzy Gillespies combo of 1943-1944. After spending a year with Joe Marsalas band, Wallington played with the whos who of bop during 1946-1952, including Charlie Parker, Serge Chaloff, Allan Eager, Kai Winding, Terry Gibbs, Brew Moore, Al Cohn, Gerry Mulligan, Zoot Sims, and Red Rodney.
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