April 30, 1931|
Danvers, Massachusetts, United States
|Died||October 21, 1955
|Years active||1945 - 1955|
|Associated acts||Serge Chaloff, Charlie Mariano, Charlie Parker, Chet Baker|
He trained in classical piano as a child, and made his professional debut at 14. He was taught by prominent Boston piano teacher Margaret Chaloff, mother of baritone player Serge Chaloff, in whose group Twardzik recorded, in addition to one led by Charlie Mariano. Twardzik also worked with Charlie Parker on several occasions toward the end of Parker's life when he was performing locally.
- "Richard Twardzik". Allmusic. Retrieved June 22, 2010.
- West Coast jazz: modern jazz in California, 1945-1960 By Ted Gioia. University of California Press p. 185
- Jack Chambers Bouncing with Bartok, Toronto: The Mercury Press, 2008
- "The Tragedy of Richard Twardzik" by Ted Gioia (review of Chambers book)