Although the single Down on the Floor (b/w Stormy Weather) is not dated, Chicago-born (1928) pianist Junior Mance recorded it sometime in the early 1960s before he began his stint at Capitol Records.
Strangely Down on the Floor doesn't appear to have made it onto any of Mance's Jazzland or Riverside LPs and is currently unavailable in any form. That's too bad because this is a pleasant bluesy little tune with string accompaniment that was composed by Mance and arranger Fred Norman. So grab this baby while you can.
Down on the Floor
At age 84 Junior Mance is still out there performing and recording. He has a regular Sunday night gig at Cafe Loup in New York. Visit the cafe's website for further information. Mance has his own website as well and it's well worth visiting for news, videos, CDs and further tour dates.
Here's Mance performing in New York in August 2011.