One of the most highly regarded pianists and composers in jazz, Horace Silver, has died aged 85 in the US.
He was one of the pioneers of a rhythmic jazz style known as hard bop.
Silver began his career as a tenor saxophonist in clubs in Connecticut. But after he moved to New York in the 1950s, he switched to piano and began performing at the Blue Note Jazz Club.
Many of his compositions became jazz standards, including Sister Sadie, The Preacher and Filthy McNasty.
FORT WORTH — Van Cliburn, the internationally celebrated pianist whose triumph at a 1958 Moscow competition helped thaw the Cold War and launched a spectacular career that made him the rare classical musician to enjoy rock-star status, has died. He was 78.
Cliburn died early Wednesday at his Fort Worth home surrounded by loved ones following a battle with bone cancer, said his publicist and longtime friend Mary Lou Falcone.
Cliburn made what would be his last public appearance in September at the 50th anniversary of the prestigious piano competition named for him. Speaking to the audience in Fort Worth, he saluted the many past contestants, the orchestra and the city.
Maybe he smells a relative on the keyboard?
Live in Tokyo, Japan 1986
Keith Jarrett - Piano
Gary Peacock - Bass
Jack DeJohnette - Drums
For a playlist of the whole concert, go here: Youtube Video…
Out of Sight, Out of Mind, an original song from the most recent CD, “This is What Happens”
Joseph Secchiaroli — Vocals/Guitar
Steven Padin — Drums/Vocals
Danny Pizarro Jr. - Piano
Michael Carroll — Guitar/MIDI
Jeffery Jarvis — Bass/Vocals
Sax — Nelson Rivera
Geraldo Castillo — percussion
Music video by Jack White performing Love Interruption. (C) 2012 Third Man Records under exclusive license to Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment
Billy Taylor, Jazz Pianist, Dies at 89
By Peter Keepnews
Published: December 29, 2010
Billy Taylor, a pianist and composer who was also an eloquent and highly visible spokesman and advocate for jazz, died on Tuesday in Manhattan. He was 89 and lived in the Riverdale area of the Bronx.
The cause was heart failure, said his daughter, Kim Taylor-Thompson.
Dr. Taylor, as he preferred to be called (he earned a doctorate in music education from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in 1975), was a living refutation of the stereotype of jazz musicians as unschooled, unsophisticated and inarticulate, an image that was prevalent when he began his career in the 1940s, and that he did as much as any other musician to erase.
After watching this, I have an urge to install a gun holster on my piano.