Jazz pianist Junior Mance, who recorded more than 50 albums as a leader and many more as a sideman, has died at the age of 92.

A prolific performer, Mance was also an educator who taught at The New School in New York for 23 years, counting Brad Mehldau and Larry Goldings among his students.

Mance was a hard-bop pianist with a soulful style inspired by gospel and spiritual hymns. He played with a uniquely gentle, sensitive style and was known for his quick fingers and inspired chord choices.

Mance’s wife announced his death on Facebook on Jan. 17.

“I will forever miss his smiles, his love, his laughter, our shared happiness and, ultimately, my best friend,” Gloria Clayborne Mance wrote. “I know the world has lost a jazz legend. He was undoubtedly a very loving, happy and unforgettable person.”