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Mel Powell (born Mel Epstein) (February 12, 1923 - April 24, 1998) was a jazz pianist and composer of classical music. Mel Epstein was born to Russian Jewish parents, Milton Epstein and Mildred Mark Epstein, and began playing piano as a child. He performed jazz professionally in New York City as a teenager. As early as 1939, he was working with Bobby Hackett, George Brunies, and Zutty Singleton. He changed his last name to Powell in 1940. In 1941-42 he played, composed, and arranged for Benny Goodman. A mem...


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