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Helen Merrill - 97% match to Billy Taylor

Genres: Jazz Vocals
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Jelena Ana Milcetic, 21 July 1930, New York City, New York, USA. Merrill’s early career found her singing in exalted bebop company. Among the major artists with whom she sang in the late 40s were Charlie Parker, Miles Davis and Bud Powell. She spent part of the 50s outside music, but continued to make a few records with notable figures such as Clifford Brown; by the end Read more

Erroll Garner - 94% match to Billy Taylor

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Erroll Louis Garner, 15 June 1921, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA, d. 2 January 1977, Los Angeles, California, USA. A self-taught pianist, Garner played on the radio at the age of 10 and within a few more years was playing professionally in his home town. Among the bands with which he played during this period were those led by Leroy Brown and, reputedly, Fate Marable. In 194 Read more

Ray Bryant - 85% match to Billy Taylor

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Raphael Bryant, 24 December 1931, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. Coming from a musical family gave Bryant an advantage - his mother played piano and his sister sang in a gospel choir. He started on bass, but passed it to his older brother Tom, in order to play piano. The Bryant Brothers became the house band for Philadelphia’s Blue Note Club, where they played with Ch Read more

Teddy Wilson - 85% match to Billy Taylor

Genres: Big Band & Swing Jazz
Decades Active: 1940s 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Theodore Shaw Wilson, 24 November 1912, Austin, Texas, USA, d. 31 July 1986, New Britain, Connecticut, USA. Born into a middle-class family, Wilson grew up in Tuskegee where his parents moved to take up teaching posts at the university. He studied violin and piano at Tuskegee and later extended his studies at college in Alabama. In 1929, by now concentrating on piano, he bec Read more

Bud Powell - 82% match to Billy Taylor

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Earl Rudolph Powell, 27 September 1924, Harlem, New York City, New York, USA, d. 31 July 1966, New York City, New York, USA. After learning to play the piano in the classical tradition while still a child, Powell began working around New York’s Coney Island, where he played in a band featuring Valaida Snow around 1940. During the next couple of years he became a regular Read more

Gonzalo Rubalcaba - 81% match to Billy Taylor

Genres: Jazz Latin Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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27 May 1963, Havana, Cuba. Rubalcaba’s grandfather, Jacobo, was a danzon composer, and his father, Guillermo, a pianist. Playing piano from a very early age, Gonzalo took lessons from the age of eight and then studied classical music at Havana Institute of Fine Arts, where he earned a degree in music composition. He became a professional musician, forming Grupo Proyecto Read more

Marian McPartland - 81% match to Billy Taylor

Genres: Holiday & Seasonal Jazz
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Margaret Marian Turner, 20 March 1920, Slough, Berkshire, England. Prior to World War II, McPartland played British music halls as a member of a four-piano group led by Billy Mayerl. While touring with ENSA (the British equivalent of America’s USO), she met and married Jimmy McPartland. At the end of the war she went to the USA with her husband, quickly establishing a r Read more

Duke Pearson - 80% match to Billy Taylor

Genres: Big Band & Swing Jazz
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1990s 2000s
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Columbus Calvin Pearson Jnr., 17 August 1932, Atlanta, Georgia, USA, d. 4 August 1980, Atlanta, Georgia, USA. After studying piano and trumpet, Pearson opted for the former and played professionally in various parts of the USA before settling in New York at the end of the 50s. Working as both performer and composer, he associated with several leading musicians, including Don Read more

George Shearing - 79% match to Billy Taylor

Genres: Big Band & Swing Holiday & Seasonal Jazz Pop / Rock Vocals
Decades Active: 1940s 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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13 August 1919, London, England. Shearing was born blind but started to learn piano at the age of three. After limited training and extensive listening to recorded jazz, he began playing at hotels, clubs and pubs in the London area, sometimes as a single, occasionally with dance bands. In 1940 he joined Harry Parry’s popular band and also played with Stéphane Gra Read more

George Cables - 76% match to Billy Taylor

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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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

Cedar Walton - 74% match to Billy Taylor

Genres: Jazz Latin
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Cedar Anthony Walton, 17 January 1934, Dallas, Texas, USA. After being taught piano by his mother, Walton studied music formally. In the mid-50s his early career was interrupted by military service, but he was fortunate in that this allowed him to meet and play with several emerging jazz musicians, including Don Ellis. After leaving the armed forces, he played in and around Read more

Hampton Hawes - 74% match to Billy Taylor

Genres: Jazz Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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13 November 1928, Los Angeles, California, USA, d. 22 May 1977, Los Angeles, California, USA. Born into a musical family (his mother played piano for the church run by his Presbyterian minister father), Hawes taught himself to play piano by listening to records of 30s jazz piano giants, among them Earl ‘Fatha’ Hines and Fats Waller. He began to play professionally Read more

Bill Evans - 73% match to Billy Taylor

Genres: Country & Bluegrass Jazz Pop / Rock Special Interest
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Ronnie Laws - 73% match to Billy Taylor

Genres: Easy Listening Funk Jazz
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Ronald Laws, 3 October 1950, Houston, Texas, USA. Laws played the saxophone from the age of 12, growing up with the musicians who were to become the Crusaders - the band with which his brother Hubert Laws played. Ronnie studied at the Stephen F. Austin State University and then at Texas Southern University. When he was 21 he moved to Los Angeles, where he worked with Von Rya Read more

Jimmy Smith - 72% match to Billy Taylor

Genres: Holiday & Seasonal Jazz Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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James Oscar Smith, 8 December 1925 (1928 is also cited by some sources), Norristown, Pennsylvania, USA, d. 8 February 2005, Scottsdale, Arizona, USA. The sound of the Hammond Organ in jazz was popularized by Smith, often using the prefix ‘the incredible’ or ‘the amazing’. He became the most famous jazz organist of all times and possibly the most influenti Read more


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