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Helen Merrill - 100% 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

Earl Hines - 66% match to Billy Taylor

Genres: Big Band & Swing Jazz Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s
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Bill Evans - 65% match to Billy Taylor

Genres: Country & Bluegrass Jazz Jazz Pop / Rock Special Interest
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Jaki Byard - 65% match to Billy Taylor

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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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

Kenny Barron - 65% 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

Hampton Hawes - 62% 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

Abbey Lincoln - 61% match to Billy Taylor

Genres: Electronic & Ambient Jazz Jazz Vocals
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Anna Marie Wooldridge, 6 August 1930, Chicago, Illinois, USA. Lincoln began singing publicly in the early 50s, working in Chicago nightclubs and using a variety of pseudonyms, including Anna Marie and Gaby Lee, as well as her real name. By the middle of the decade she was using the name by which she has since been largely known. She appeared successfully at the Moulin Rouge Read more

Allen Toussaint - 61% match to Billy Taylor

Genres: Blues Cajun & Zydeco Funk Jazz Pop / Rock R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1950s 1970s 1990s 2000s
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14 January 1938, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. This influential artist first came to prominence in the mid-50s as the touring piano player with Shirley And Lee. The duo’s producer, Dave Bartholomew, began using Toussaint on several recording sessions, including those of Smiley Lewis and, on a handful of occasions, Fats Domino. The artist’s solo debut came in 1958 wi Read more

J.J. Johnson - 60% match to Billy Taylor

Genres: Blues Funk Jazz 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

Red Garland - 58% match to Billy Taylor

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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William M. Garland, 13 May 1923, Dallas, Texas, USA, d. 23 April 1984, Dallas, Texas, USA. Garland turned to the piano in his late teens, having earlier studied and played reed instruments. Although initially inspired by mainstream artists, he moved into bebop in the late 40s, accompanying Charlie Parker, Fats Navarro and others while still playing regularly with musicians s Read more

Teddy Wilson - 57% 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

Duke Pearson - 55% match to Billy Taylor

Genres: 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 - 54% match to Billy Taylor

Genres: Big Band & Swing Holiday & Seasonal Jazz 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

Marian McPartland - 53% 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

Mary Lou Williams - 53% match to Billy Taylor

Genres: Blues Jazz Jazz
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Mary Elfrieda Scruggs, 8 May 1910, Atlanta, Georgia, USA, d. 28 May 1981, Durham, North Carolina, USA. A child prodigy, Williams played in public at the age of six and by the time she reached her teenage years was already a seasoned professional piano player. At the age of 16 she married saxophonist John Williams, playing in his band throughout the Midwest. When her husband Read more


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