With the title of his one solo release, Party Piano of the Roaring '20s, George Zack stakes a claim as one of the liveliest of the classic jazz pianists associated with the Chicago music scene. Zack was born in the Windy City and started out his performing career in a particularly newsworthy fashion as a member of a combo of youths making music while selling papers, the Chicago News Boys Band. Some four decades later he had relocated to the considerably more temperate climate of Tucson, AZ, but was still making regular trips back to Chicago for gigs. The pianist studied at the Chicago Conservatory of Music subsequent to his newsboy days, then went on the road with Mush Oliver, a trombonist whose nickname suggests he utilized a dog team to make it from gig to gig. From there Zack moved to an outfit whose leader's surname strongly indicates a happy bandstand, Jimmie Joy.