On Oct. 10 the family and friends of Evanston-born and -raised Junior Mance gathered at Unitarian Church of Evanston to celebrate his life and career. His wife, step-daughter and granddaughter gave speeches, and the Marc Devine quartet performed. Attendees finished off the evening having a drink in his honor.

Junior Mance passed away in January of this year.

Debbie-Marie Brown

Debbie-Marie Brown is a reporter and Racial Justice Fellow at the Evanston RoundTable. They cover the local reparations initiative, Black life in Evanston, and the 5th ward. Contact Debbie-Marie at dmb@evanstonroundtable.com...

One reply on “Family and friends celebrate the life of jazz pianist Junior Mance”

  1. Beautifully done and nice capturing of the day. I would love to see much more coverage by the Evanston Roundtable on all fronts in print, in podcast and in video like this one. People learn and pick things up in different ways and if this musicians life had just been covered in print it would not have covered it or done it justice and the way that it needed to have been done. It was a joyful celebration of his life and seeing this video story as well as being there just reconfirmed this. Lastly, this clearly shows the raw talent that we have in town, and so much of it, in so many fields and so much kindness as well. Now this, is my Evanston that I have come to know for almost the last 30 years. I’m glad to call this place home even with our political problems.

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