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About Phineas Newborn
Phineas Newborn Jr (born December 14, 1931 in Whiteville, Tennessee-died May 26, 1989 in Memphis, Tennessee) was an American jazz pianist, whose principal influences were Art Tatum, Oscar Peterson and Bud Powell. Newborn came from a musical family and first played in a R&B band led by his father (Phineas Snr), a drummer and with Tuff Green. He stidied piano as well as trumpet, tenor and baritone sax or horn. His earliest recordings were with acclaimed blues harmonicist Big Walter Horton. He played the piano in the Lionel Hampton band during the early 50's