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Oscar Peterson

(1925—2007) Canadian jazz pianist and composer

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Ahmad Jamal

Ahmad Jamal  

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B. Fritz Jones, 2 July 1930, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA. A professional pianist from before his teenage years, Jamal (who changed his name in the early 50s) managed to break through ...
Alan Haven

Alan Haven  

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B. 1 April 1935, Prestwich, Manchester, Lancashire, England. Largely self-taught, Haven’s first instrument was the piano and he began playing jazz while still a teenager. He played clubs and ...
Alex Von Schlippenbach

Alex Von Schlippenbach  

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B. Alexander von Schlippenbach, 7 March 1938, Berlin, Germany. Schlippenbach studied piano and composition at school, and his early jazz-related interests were in boogie-woogie and blues piano. After ...
Barney Kessel

Barney Kessel  

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B. 17 October 1923, Muskogee, Oklahoma, USA, d. 6 May 2004, San Diego, California, USA. After playing in various bands (including one led by Chico, the piano-playing Marx brother), Kessel ...
Benny Green

Benny Green  

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B. 4 April 1963, New York City, New York, USA. An exciting and hard-swinging pianist in the Bud Powell mould, Benny Green ranks alongside Mulgrew Miller and Donald Brown, as ...
Bill Henderson

Bill Henderson  

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B. William Randall Henderson, 19 March 1930, Chicago, Illinois, USA. Henderson began singing as a toddler but delayed full entry into showbusiness until he was in his early twenties. In ...
Bob Baldwin

Bob Baldwin  

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B. 9 December 1960, Mount Vernon, New York, USA. Taught to play piano from the age of four by his father, Robert Baldwin Snr., a pianist and bass player, he ...
Brad Mehldau

Brad Mehldau  

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B. 23 August 1970, Jacksonville, Florida, USA. Mehldau began playing piano at a very early age, taking formal lessons from the age of six. While at Hall High School in ...
Brian Simpson

Brian Simpson  

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B. Illinois, USA. Raised in Gurnee, north of Chicago, Simpson began playing piano at an early age, and owing to his father’s record collection was inclined towards jazz from the ...
Buddy Rich

Buddy Rich  

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B. Bernard Rich, 30 September 1917, Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA, d. 2 April 1987, Los Angeles, California, USA. In showbusiness from the age of two, Rich achieved ...
Coleman Hawkins

Coleman Hawkins  

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(1904–1969)Black US jazz tenor saxophonist, also called ‘Hawk’ or ‘Bean’. He was one of the most influential saxophone players in jazz.Born in St Joseph, Missouri, he studied music in Topeka, Kansas, ...
Dave Young

Dave Young  

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B. David Anthony Young, 29 January 1940, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. This highly gifted bass player studied in Toronto and quickly made a great impression on fellow musicians and audiences alike. ...
David Hazeltine

David Hazeltine  

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B. 27 October 1958, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA. Although Hazeltine began his formal studies playing organ, it was on piano that he first attracted attention. For a number of years he ...
Dudley Moore

Dudley Moore  

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B. Dudley Stuart John Moore, 19 April 1935, Dagenham, Essex, England, d. 27 March 2002, Plainfield, New Jersey, USA. Although severely hampered by having a deformed foot and spending a ...
Duke Ellington

Duke Ellington  

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(b Washington, DC, 1899; d NY, 1974).Amer. composer, pianist, and jazz‐band leader. One of the most influential figures in the history of jazz. From 1927 to 1932 his band established its fame at the ...
Ed Bickert

Ed Bickert  

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B. Edward Isaac Bickert, 29 November 1932, Hochfeld, Manitoba, Canada. A highly gifted guitarist, Bickert was active in Toronto in the 50s, playing with several leading musicians including Ron ...
Ed Thigpen

Ed Thigpen  

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B. Edward Leonard Thigpen, 28 December 1930, Chicago, Illinois, USA. Following in the footsteps of his father Ben (who played drums with Andy Kirk for almost two decades), Thigpen began ...
Eldar

Eldar  

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B. Eldar E. Djangirov, 28 January 1987, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. Writing and performing under his first given name, Eldar is an extraordinary musical talent. Born and raised in the former Soviet ...
Ella Fitzgerald

Ella Fitzgerald  

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(b Newport News, Va., 1918; d Beverly Hills, Calif., 1996).Amer. singer. Sang in Harlem clubs in early 1930s until discovered by Chick Webb with whose band she sang from 1934. On his death in 1939 ...
George Mraz

George Mraz  

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B. Jírí Mraz, 9 September 1944, Písek, Czechoslovakia. A gifted musician as a child, Mraz studied formally at the music conservatory in Prague. Although skilled on several instruments, he settled ...

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