John Adriano Acea

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John Adriano Acea (September 11, 1917 – July 25, 1963) was an American jazz pianist. He was born in Philadelphia to Adriano Acea of Cuba and Leona Acea of Virginia. One of six children, he was expected to die during his first decade of life from rheumatic fever, as did his youngest sister, Anna.

Session musician collaborations[edit]

During the 1930s, Acea started out as a trumpeter and saxophonist. After his military service (US Army) in 1946, he switched to playing the piano. He later became a session musician with jazz veterans, including:


Acea is listed as co-composer on "Nice 'N' Greasy" – the closing track to Lou Donaldson's 1962 album, The Natural Soul. He is also credited as a composer on recordings by Gillespie, Jacquet and Moody.


As sideman[edit]

With Grant Green

With Illinois Jacquet

With Joe Newman

With Leo Parker

With Don Wilkerson

With Roy Haynes

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