Harold Mabern, a jazz giant considered to be “one of the great post-bop pianists,” died on Sept. 17, 2019. He was 83.

The jazz pianist, composer and educator had a great energy, and a great sense of humour as well. Born and raised in Memphis, he made his way to Chicago and then to New York, where he had only enough time to put his bags in his room before he got called up for a gig. From there, he had a long and storied career playing with big names like Lionel Hampton, Miles Davis, J. J. Johnson, Lee Morgan, Jackie McLean, Wes Montgomery and Sarah Vaughan, among many others.

Toronto-based musician and educator Kirk MacDonald was a good friend and collaborator of Mabern. He joined us to pay tribute to the late jazz giant, and to look back on a man who was a great musician and an even better person.