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Dave McKenna - 70% match to Billy Taylor

Genres: Jazz
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30 May 1930, Woonsocket, Rhode Island, USA. By his late teens, McKenna was active in and around Boston, playing piano with Boots Mussulli’s band. In 1949, he joined Charlie Ventura, then worked with Woody Herman until drafted during the Korean War. From 1953 until well into the 60s he was mostly engaged in small group work, playing with Ventura again and with several ma Read more

Charlie Hunter - 69% match to Billy Taylor

Genres: Jazz Music Videos & Concerts R&B / Soul
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1968, Rhode Island, USA. Hunter grew up in Berkeley, California, where his mother repaired guitars for a living. He had his own first guitar at 12 and took lessons from Joe Satriani, but although he attended the same school as Joshua Redman and Benny Green he chose not to participate in the music programme. His musical interests were varied but heavily pop-orientated: blues, Read more

Alan Broadbent - 62% match to Billy Taylor

Genres: Jazz
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23 April 1947, Auckland, New Zealand. After studying piano and musical theory in his homeland, in the mid-60s Broadbent moved to the USA to study at the Berklee College Of Music. After studying with Lennie Tristano he began arranging for Woody Herman, his work appearing on the 1973 album, Giant Steps. In the 70s, Broadbent composed music in the classical form while simultane Read more

Jessica Williams - 60% match to Billy Taylor

Genres: Jazz
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Junior Mance - 51% match to Billy Taylor

Genres: Jazz
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Julian Clifford Mance, Jnr., 10 October 1928, Chicago, Illinois, USA. Taught piano by his father, a professional jazz musician, Mance was playing professionally long before he entered his teenage years. In the late 40s, still in his teens, he joined a band led by Gene Ammons and in 1950 worked with Lester Young. After military service, he gained a residency at a Chicago jazz Read more

Joanne Brackeen - 33% match to Billy Taylor

Genres: Jazz
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Joanne Grogan, 26 July 1938, Ventura, California, USA. Brackeen was self-taught; academic tuition did not suit her, and she left the Los Angeles Conservatory of Music after three days. Despite this, her piano playing became much in demand among the most exacting jazz leaders on the west coast: Harold Land, Teddy Edwards and Charles Lloyd. Unimpeded by marriage (to saxophonis Read more

Al Haig - 28% match to Billy Taylor

Genres: Jazz
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Allan Warren Haig, 22 July 1924, Newark, New Jersey, USA, d. 16 November 1982, New York City, New York, USA. One of the first bop pianists, and for a time among the very best of them, Haig spent the second half of the 40s in excellent musical company. Active in the clubs of New York, he played with Charlie ‘Bird’ Parker and Dizzy Gillespie and proved to be an outst Read more

Jaki Byard - 28% match to Billy Taylor

Genres: Jazz
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John Byard, 15 June 1922, Worcester, Massachusetts, USA, d. 11 February 1999, New York City, New York, USA. A gifted multi-instrumentalist, Byard learned trumpet and piano as a child and later took up guitar, drums, trombone and tenor saxophone. In 1949 he played piano in Earl Bostic’s R&B band, and followed that with a spell as a solo pianist and then joined Herb P Read more

Marty Paich - 28% match to Billy Taylor

Genres: Jazz Sci-Fi / Fantasy Kids & Family Pop / Rock
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Marty Louis Paich, 23 January 1925, Oakland, California, USA, d. 12 August 1995, Hidden Hills, California, USA. While still undergoing a long and thorough academic training, Paich began writing arrangements. After military service, during which he was able to continue his musical career, he returned to his studies and by the end of the 40s had gained numerous qualifications. Read more

Larry Willis - 27% match to Billy Taylor

Genres: Jazz
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Lawrence Elliott Willis, 20 December 1942, New York City, New York, USA. Although destined to become a pianist of note, Willis also studied singing. His studies took him to the High School of Music and Art and the Manhattan School of Music. In the early 60s he began a decade long round of playing under leaders such as Jackie McLean, Hugh Masekela, Kai Winding and Stan Getz. Read more

Ellis Marsalis - 26% match to Billy Taylor

Genres: Jazz Vocals
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14 November 1934, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. Although he has never really been a revolutionary band leader or pianist, Ellis Marsalis’ influence on the American mainstream jazz scene cannot be overestimated. As an inspirational figure to a new generation of artists, and an educator and spokesman, this New Orleans-born pianist is unrivalled. Marsalis’ professional Read more

George Cables - 25% match to Billy Taylor

Genres: Jazz
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George Andrew Cables, 14 November 1944, New York City, New York, USA. After studying piano at Mannes College, Cables’ reputation as a flawless accompanist was quickly established. Playing with Art Blakey in 1969, Sonny Rollins in the same year, Joe Henderson between 1969 and 1971, and Freddie Hubbard between 1971 and 1976, he was always in demand from touring band lead Read more

Marcus Roberts - 22% match to Billy Taylor

Genres: Jazz
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Marcus Marthaniel Roberts, 7 August 1963, Jacksonville, Florida, USA. If Thelonious Monk frequently pursued improvisation through harmonic as well as (or sometimes instead of) melodic routes, pianist Roberts is an appropriate inheritor of the method. Like Wynton Marsalis (later to be his employer) Roberts is a dedicated and outspoken respecter of earlier jazz traditions, and Read more

Geri Allen - 21% match to Billy Taylor

Genres: Jazz
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12 June 1957, Pontiac, Michigan, USA. Pianist Allen grew up in Detroit, steeped in the city’s strong bebop and black pop traditions (one early gig saw her playing with Mary Wilson and the Supremes), though Eric Dolphy, Herbie Nichols and Thelonious Monk were also major influences. She studied music at Washington’s Howard University and at the University of Pittsbur Read more

Taylor Eigsti - 20% match to Billy Taylor

Genres: Jazz
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24 September 1984, Menlo Park, California, USA. Eigsti was born into a highly musical family, with his mother, father and sister all playing piano. Playing the same instrument from early childhood, he was hailed as jazz pianist before he entered his teenage years. A fan of David Benoit, he opened a concert for the pianist when he was aged nine. Over the next few years Eigsti Read more

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