Thompson, Sir Charles [Charles Phillip ]
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(b Springfield, OH, March 21, 1918). American pianist, organist, and composer. His family was musical, and his stepmother was a pianist. He first studied violin and briefly played tenor saxophone, but took up piano as a teenager. He became involved in jazz after his father, a minister, was transferred to Parsons, Kansas, and Thompson entered high school in Kansas City. He began his professional career playing with midwestern territory bands, including those of the trumpeter Lloyd Hunter (...