Richard Wellstood

Richard Wellstood

born on 25/11/1927 in Greenwich, CT, United States

died on 24/7/1987 in Palo Alto, CA, United States

Alias Dick Wellstood

Dick Wellstood

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Richard MacQueen "Dick" Wellstood (born November 25, 1927, Greenwich, Connecticut died July 24, 1987, Palo Alto, California) was an American jazz pianist. He was, along with Ralph Sutton, one of the few stride pianists to arise in the 1940s during the rise of bebop.

Wellstood played with Bob Wilber's Wildcats in 1946, and became a mainstay on the trad jazz scene, playing with Sidney Bechet in 1947 and in the 1950s with Jimmy Archey, Conrad Janis, Roy Eldridge, Rex Stewart, Charlie Shavers, and Eddie Condon. He was the house pianist at New York City clubs Metropole and Nick's in the late 1950s and 1960s. He played with Gene Krupa in South America in 1965 and later joined the World's Greatest Jazz Band. He played locally in the 1970s and studied law, briefly going into practice in the 1980s. In the 1980s he also played often with Kenny Davern.

In 1977 completed a tour of the UK with the Dutch Swing College Band.

From 1980-86, he was the house pianist at Hanratty's restaurant at 92nd and 2nd in Manhattan for 6-8 months a year. He died of a heart attack in 1987, aged 59. At the time of his death he was the pianist for Bemelman's Bar of the Carlyle Hotel in New York City. [1]


  1. Jazz: Dick Wellstood At Carlyle Bar's Piano
  • Scott Yanow, [Dick Wellstood at All Music Guide Dick Wellstood bio at Allmusic]
  • Leonard Feather and Ira Gitler, The Biographical Encyclopedia of Jazz. Oxford, 1999, p. 684
  • Riccardo Scivales (ed.), Dick Wellstood Jazz Piano Solos--seven historic solos. San Diego, California, Neil A. Kjos Music Company, 1994
  • Riccardo Scivales (ed.), Dick Wellstood: The Art Of Jazz And Blues Piano, Vol. 1. London, England, U.K. Soliloquy Music, 2001
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