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Gonzalo Rubalcaba - 100% 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

Art Blakey - 92% match to Billy Taylor

Genres: Jazz Pop / Rock Soundtracks
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J.J. Johnson - 69% match to Billy Taylor

Genres: Blues Jazz Pop / Rock R&B / Soul Soundtracks
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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James Louis Johnson, 22 January 1924, Indianapolis, Indiana, USA, d. 4 February 2001, Indianapolis, Indiana, USA. Johnson originally studied piano and baritone saxophone, before taking up the trombone at the age of 14. By the time he was 18 years old, he had performed professionally with various territory bands, before joining the band of the great swing altoist Benny Carter Read more

Kenny Barron - 63% match to Billy Taylor

Genres: Jazz Latin
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Kenneth Barron, 9 June 1943, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. After studying piano as a child, Barron began playing professionally when still in his early teens. Performing first in R&B bands, he began to concentrate on jazz, and in the late 50s and early 60s played briefly with Philly Joe Jones and Yusef Lateef. From 1961, he was resident in New York, playing with James Read more

Cole Porter - 61% match to Billy Taylor

Genres: Easy Listening Jazz Pop / Rock Soundtracks Vocals
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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9 June 1891, Peru, Indiana, USA, d. 15 October 1964, Santa Monica, California, USA. One of the outstanding composers and lyricists of the twentieth century, Porter was born into a rich family, and studied music from an early age. In his teens he excelled in many academic subjects, and wrote songs and played the piano for his own amusement - activities he later pursued at Yal Read more

Duke Ellington - 61% match to Billy Taylor

Genres: Big Band & Swing Blues Classical Jazz Pop / Rock Soundtracks Vocals
Decades Active: 1940s 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Edward Kennedy Ellington, 29 April 1899, Washington, DC, USA, d. 24 May 1974, New York City, New York, USA. Ellington began playing piano as a child but, despite some local success, took up a career as a sign-painter. In his teens he continued to play piano, studied harmony, composed his first tunes and was generally active in music in Washington. Among his childhood friends Read more

Horace Silver - 61% match to Billy Taylor

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Horace Ward Martin Tavares Silva, 2 September 1928, Norwalk, Connecticut, USA. Silver studied piano and tenor saxophone at school, settling on the former instrument for his professional career. Early influences included Portuguese folk music (from his father), blues and bop. He formed a trio for local gigs which included backing visiting musicians. One such visitor, Stan Get Read more

Sonny Rollins - 61% match to Billy Taylor

Genres: Jazz Music Videos & Concerts Pop / Rock Soundtracks
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Theodore Walter Rollins, 7 September 1929, New York City, New York, USA. Although an older brother played violin and, at the age of nine, he took piano lessons, Rollins was destined for the saxophone. In 1944 he played alto saxophone in high school and when he left in 1947 he began gigging round New York on tenor. His first inspiration was Coleman Hawkins, but he was well aw Read more

Chet Baker - 58% match to Billy Taylor

Genres: Documentaries Jazz Pop / Rock Soundtracks Vocals
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Chesney Henry Baker, 23 December 1929, Yale, Oklahoma, USA, d. 13 May 1988, Amsterdam, the Netherlands. One of the more lyrical of the early post-war trumpeters, Baker’s fragile sound epitomized the so-called ‘cool’ school of white west coast musicians who dominated the American jazz scene of the 50s.Baker studied music while in the arm Read more

Hank Jones - 58% match to Billy Taylor

Genres: Christian & Gospel Jazz Vocals
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Henry Jones, 31 July 1918, Vicksburg, Mississippi, USA. Eldest of three remarkable brothers in jazz (Thad Jones and Elvin Jones), Hank Jones was raised in Pontiac, Michigan and by the beginning of his teenage years played piano professionally in local bands. In 1944 he went to New York where he joined the Oran ‘ Hot Lips’ Page band. Although Jones had previously b Read more

Cannonball Adderley - 56% match to Billy Taylor

Genres: Blues Jazz Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1950s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Julian Edwin Adderley, 15 September 1928, Tampa, Florida, USA, d. 8 August 1975, Gary, Indiana, USA. Cannonball Adderley was one of the great saxophonists of his generation. His fiery, blues-soaked interpretations of Charlie Parker’s alto legacy brought jazz to many people hitherto untouched by it. In the 60s he launched a new genre, soul jazz, whose popularity has surv Read more

Kenny Drew - 56% match to Billy Taylor

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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28 August 1928, New York City, New York, USA, d. 4 August 1993, Copenhagen, Denmark. A child prodigy, Drew studied piano and music, making his first records in 1949 with Howard McGhee. In the 50s, he was much in demand for recording and club sessions by mainstream and modern musicians such as Coleman Hawkins, Lester Young and Charlie Parker. He worked regularly with Buddy De Read more

Benny Carter - 55% match to Billy Taylor

Genres: Blues Jazz
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Bennett Lester Carter, 8 August 1907, New York City, New York, USA, d. 12 July 2003, Los Angeles, California, USA. Carter was born and raised in the area of New York known as San Juan Hill, a tough neighbourhood. His working-class parents encouraged their children to take up music and Carter and his two sisters received piano tuition from their mother, Sadie Bennett Carter. Read more

Lee Morgan - 55% match to Billy Taylor

Genres: Jazz R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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10 July 1938, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, d. 19 February 1972, New York City, New York, USA. Prodigiously talented, Morgan played trumpet professionally at the age of 15 and three years later joined Dizzy Gillespie’s big band. During this same period he recorded with John Coltrane, Hank Mobley and others. In 1958 the Gillespie band folded and Morgan joined Art Blak Read more

Bud Powell - 54% 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


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