Junior Mance, a pianist,
composer, and educator known for his earthy, bluesy style, died
January 17 at his home in New York City. He was 92.
His death was announced
by his wife of 22 years, the former Gloria Clayborne, in a January
17 Facebook post. Cause of death was not disclosed; however,
for several years Mance had been afflicted with Alzheimer’s
Gloria Clayborne Mance
Junior Mance passed peacefully today at home with his music,
Matt and myself.
I will forever miss his smiles, his love, his laughter our shared
happiness and ultimately my best friend.
I know the world has lost a jazz legend, he was undoubtedly
a very loving, happy and unforgettable person. I have lost my
I know there will be people reaching out with calls, texts,
and prayers. Please know I will read and appreciate them all
even if they may go unanswered for a while. I will respond.