Earl Rudolph "Bud" Powell (September 27, 1924 – July 31, 1966) was a jazz pianist who was born and raised in Harlem , New York City . His greatest influences on his instrument were Thelonious Monk , who became his close friend, and Art Tatum . Along with Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie , Powell was a key player in the development of bebop , and his virtuosity as a pianist led many to call him the Charlie Parker of the piano. [ edit ] Biography
Bobo Stenson (born Bo Gustav Stenson , 1944) is a Swedish jazz pianist . The Bobo Stenson Trio , formed in collaboration with Anders Jormin (bass) and Jon Fält (drums), has been in existence for four decades. [ edit ] Career Stenson was noted as early as 1963, when he stepped up from the local scene in Västerås to start playing frequently in Stockholm, where he accompanied a long line of visiting American players including Sonny Rollins , Stan Getz and Gary Burton .
William John Evans , known as Bill Evans ( / ˈ ɛ v ə n s / , August 16, 1929 – September 15, 1980), was an American jazz pianist and composer who mostly worked in a trio setting. He is widely considered to be one of the greatest jazz pianists of all time, [ 2 ] and is considered by some to have been the most influential post- World War II jazz pianist. [ 3 ] Evans's use of impressionist harmony, inventive interpretation of traditional jazz repertoire, block chords , and trademark rhythmically independent, "singing" melodic lines continue to influence jazz pianists today. Unlike many other jazz musicians of his time, Evans never embraced new movements like jazz fusion or free jazz . Born in Plainfield, New Jersey , Evans was classically trained, and studied at Southeastern Louisiana University .
Rocco Scott LaFaro (April 3, 1936 – July 6, 1961) was an influential American jazz double bassist , perhaps best known for his work with the Bill Evans Trio . [ edit ] Biography Born in Irvington, New Jersey , LaFaro grew up in a musical family (his father played in many big bands). His family moved to parent's hometown of Geneva, New York when Scott was five years old. He started on piano while in elementary school, began on the bass clarinet in junior high school, changing to tenor saxophone when he entered high school. [ 1 ] He only took up the double bass at 18, [ 2 ] in the summer before he entered college, when he learned a string instrument was required for music education majors.
Jan Garbarek (born 4 March 1947) [ 1 ] is a Norwegian tenor and soprano saxophonist , active in the jazz , classical , and world music genres. Garbarek was born in Mysen , Norway , the only child of a former Polish prisoner of war Czesław Garbarek and a Norwegian farmer's daughter. Effectively stateless until the age of seven (there was no automatic grant of citizenship in Norway at that time) Garbarek grew up in Oslo. At 21, he married Vigdis. He is the father of musician, (vocals) and composer Anja Garbarek . [ 2 ] [ edit ] Biography
Marilyn Crispell (born March 30, 1947 in Philadelphia , Pennsylvania ) is an American jazz pianist and composer . [ edit ] Biography Crispell studied classical piano and composition at the New England Conservatory of Music . [ 1 ] She has been a resident of Woodstock, NY since 1977 when she came to study and teach at Karl Berger 's Creative Music Studio . [ 2 ] She discovered jazz through the music of John Coltrane , [ 1 ] Cecil Taylor and other contemporary jazz players and composers as Paul Bley and Leo Smith . For ten years she was a member of Anthony Braxton 's Quartet [ 1 ] and the Reggie Workman Ensemble. She has been a member of the Barry Guy New Orchestra as well as a member of the Henry Grimes Trio, the Europea Quartet Noir (with Urs Leimgruber, Fritz Hauser and Joëlle Léandre ), and Anders Jormin 's Bortom Quintet.