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July 19, 1922 - November 16, 1982


James Moody live television performance featuring Al Haig on piano.


James Moody - alto sax
Al Haig - piano
Ray Brown - bass
Kenny Clark - drums

Pioneering bebop pianist Al Haig was born in Newark, New Jersey in 1922.

He started out playing with highly influential musicians Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie Parker during the mid-1940s, making his debut recordings in 1945 under Gillespie's leadership.

These sides were among the first in history to display a matured bebop style.

Haig would proceed to record with Charlie Parker and Stan Getz during the late '40s and early '50s.

In 1969 Al Haig was acquitted of a charge of murder after his third wife reportedly died from a fall down a flight of stairs.

Haig's account of the incident was later contested in his second wife Grange Rutan's 2007 book, "Death of a Bebop Wife."

Al Haig was invited to perform in Europe by Spotlite Records owner Tony Williams in 1974 recording the "Invitation" album for the label featuring Kenny Clarke on drums at tours end.

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