|Birth: ||Dec. 25, 1941|
|Death: ||Apr. 22, 1995|
Don learned to play piano and organ in church. Sometimes at night, however, he would sneak out to the music clubs of Henry Street in Roanoke, Va., and play jazz and blues with his cousin Clyde "Fats" Wright. Pullen drew on all those influences to become a major free-jazz pianist whose work ddrew comparisons to Thelonious MOnk and Cecil Taylor. He accompanied vocalists Nina Simons and Arthur Prysock in the 1960s and worked in bassist Charles Mingus band in the 1970s.. He recorded more than 20 albums leading his own groups, and dozens more as a sideman. He died of cancer in 1995
Don Gabriel Pullen, of Passaic, N.J, world renowned jazz pianist, died on Saturday, April 22, 1995, in East Orange, N.J. at the home of his brother after a lengthy battle with cancer. Survivors include one daughter, Tracey, Passaic, N.J.; three sons, Andre, Bronx, N.Y., Don, River Edge, N.J, and Keith G., Passaic, N.J.; one granddaughter, Kyra, River Edge, N.J.; his father, Rev. Aubrey Pullen, Roanoke; one sister, Doris (Clarence) Todd, Roanoke; three brothers, James (Grace) Pullen, Roanoke, Aubrey (Lettie) Pullen Jr., West Haven, Conn., Keith (Sandra) Pullen, East Orange, N.J.; a loving friend, Jana Haimsohn, N.Y; aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and a host of other relatives and friends. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, April 27, 1995 at 11 a.m. at First Baptist Church, corner of Jefferson and Wells Ave, Dr. Kenneth Wrisht officiating. The wake will be held on Wednesday, April 26, 1995 at Hamlar-Curtis Chapel from 7 to 8 p.m.
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Record added: Feb 07, 2010
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