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Harry Allen - 100% match to Ellis Marsalis

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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12 October 1966, Washington, DC, USA. When he was aged one, Allen’s parents moved to Los Angeles and it was there that he began playing music, but at that time chose the accordion and later the piano. When he was 11 years old the family moved again, this time to Rhode Island and there, at junior high school, he began playing clarinet and finally the tenor saxophone, in Read more

Beegie Adair - 49% match to Ellis Marsalis

Genres: Easy Listening Holiday & Seasonal Jazz Vocals
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Marian McPartland - 40% match to Ellis Marsalis

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

Pete Jolly - 37% match to Ellis Marsalis

Genres: Jazz
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Hank Jones - 34% match to Ellis Marsalis

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

Houston Person - 30% match to Ellis Marsalis

Genres: Holiday & Seasonal Jazz
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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10 November 1934, Florence, South Carolina, USA. A late starter, Person took up the tenor saxophone in his late teenage years and gained considerable experience in bands during his military service. In the 60s he was sometimes sideman, sometimes leader of small groups cashing in on the organ-tenor fad, and was a member of Johnny Hammond’s group from 1963-66. Late in the Read more

Kenny Barron - 28% match to Ellis Marsalis

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

Eric Reed - 27% match to Ellis Marsalis

Genres: Holiday & Seasonal Jazz
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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Eric Scott Reed, 21 June 1970, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. Pianist Reed began his life in music when he was two years old with an interest in the drums. He gravitated to the piano and began formal lessons at five, eventually studying with influential teacher Vernon Lathon. Memorable influences at this time included the music that Reed heard in church, including pianists Read more

Oscar Peterson - 27% match to Ellis Marsalis

Genres: Holiday & Seasonal Jazz Music Videos & Concerts Vocals
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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15 August 1925, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, d. 23 December 2007, Mississauga, Ontario, Canada. Blessed with an attractive stage personality, this behemoth of mainstream jazz’s fluid technique was influenced by Art Tatum, Errol Garner and, later, George Shearing. After studying trumpet, illness redirected Peterson to the piano. His enthusiasm resulted in endless hours of p Read more

George Shearing - 25% match to Ellis Marsalis

Genres: 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

David Hazeltine - 24% match to Ellis Marsalis

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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27 October 1958, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA. Although Hazeltine began his formal studies playing organ, it was on piano that he first attracted attention. For a number of years he played in his home-town, sitting in with musicians such as Sonny Stitt, Charles McPherson and Pepper Adams, and appearing on radio. In the 80s and on through the 90s, having moved to New York City i Read more

David Benoit - 23% match to Ellis Marsalis

Genres: Holiday & Seasonal Jazz
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Bakersfield, California, USA. Benoit gained an early appreciation of music from his parents, who played guitar and piano. He began piano lessons at the age of 14, by which time he was steeped in the influences of both Ramsey Lewis and Henry Mancini. Following his musical studies at El Camino College, he met with composer Richard Baskin and played piano on the movie soundtra Read more

Tommy Flanagan - 23% match to Ellis Marsalis

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Butch Thompson - 22% match to Ellis Marsalis

Genres: Blues Jazz
Decades Active: 1960s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Richard Enos Thompson, 28 November 1943, Marine, Minnesota, USA. Thompson began playing piano as a child and in his late teens became a member of a popular New Orleans-style band in Minneapolis. The band regularly accompanied such leading New Orleans jazzmen as George Lewis, Kid Thomas and Pops Foster. Thompson also formed his own small group which worked extensively on radi Read more

Cyrus Chestnut - 22% match to Ellis Marsalis

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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17 January 1963, Baltimore, Maryland, USA. Chestnut is a gifted and deeply religious young pianist with a style equally rooted in the jazz and gospel idioms. Chestnut’s grandfather was a musical churchman, and his musical legacy was passed down to his son, who in turn taught Cyrus to play piano at the age of five. When Chestnut was nine he attended the Peabody Preparato Read more


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