Dick Twardzik

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Dick Twardzik
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Background information
Born(1931-04-30)April 30, 1931
Danvers, Massachusetts, U.S.
DiedOctober 21, 1955(1955-10-21) (aged 24)
Paris, France
Years active1945 - 1955
Associated actsSerge Chaloff, Charlie Mariano, Charlie Parker, Chet Baker

Richard Henryk Twardzik (April 30, 1931 in Danvers, Massachusetts – October 21, 1955 in Paris) was a jazz pianist, known for bebop,[1] who worked in Boston for the bulk of his career.

He trained in classical piano as a child, and made his professional debut at 14. He was taught by prominent Boston piano teacher Margaret Chaloff, mother of baritone saxophone player Serge Chaloff, in whose group Twardzik recorded, in addition to one led by Charlie Mariano. Twardzik also worked with Charlie Parker on several occasions toward the end of Parker's life when he was performing locally.

Twardzik became addicted to heroin as a teenager.[1] He died from a heroin overdose[2] while on a European tour with Chet Baker.[1]


As a Leader

With Chet Baker


  1. ^ a b c "Richard Twardzik". Allmusic. Retrieved June 22, 2010.
  2. ^ West Coast jazz: modern jazz in California, 1945-1960 By Ted Gioia. University of California Press p. 185
  3. ^ Pacific Jazz Records discography at jazzdisco.org

Further reading[edit]

  • Jack Chambers Bouncing with Bartok, Toronto: The Mercury Press, 2008

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