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Hampton Hawes - 98% match to Mal Waldron

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

Paul Bley - 91% match to Mal Waldron

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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10 November 1932, Montreal, Canada. Pianist Bley would merit a place in jazz history on the strength of his instincts as a talent scout alone. The legendary Ornette Coleman Quartet (with Don Cherry, Charlie Haden and Billy Higgins) made its earliest impact as four-fifths of Bley’s quintet. He encouraged the emergence of wife Carla Bley and Annette Peacock as composers, Read more

Sam Rivers - 69% match to Mal Waldron

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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25 September 1930, El Reno, Oklahoma, USA. Alto, soprano and tenor saxophone, flute and piano player and composer. After extensive studies, Rivers began playing in and around Boston, Massachusetts, in the late 40s. (His first professional engagement had been with Jimmy Witherspoon during his military service.) During the next few years he played mostly in the Boston area wit Read more

Hank Jones - 68% match to Mal Waldron

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

Wynton Kelly - 66% match to Mal Waldron

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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2 December 1931, Jamaica, West Indies, d. 12 April 1971, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Raised in New York, Kelly first played piano professionally with various R&B bands, where his musical associates included Eddie ‘Lockjaw’ Davis. In the early 50s, he played with Dizzy Gillespie, Dinah Washington and Lester Young. He recorded some fine sessions for Blue Note Recor Read more

Sonny Clark - 64% match to Mal Waldron

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1990s 2000s
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Conrad Yeatis Clark, 21 July 1931, Herminie, near Elizabeth, Pennsylvania, USA, d. 13 January 1963, New York City, New York, USA. An underrated piano genius of the hard-bop era, Clark cast a glorious ray of sunshine over some of the Blue Note Records label’s most memorable sessions. Art Tatum, one of his childhood heroes, and Count Basie, whose big band radio broadcasts Read more

Booker Ervin - 63% match to Mal Waldron

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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31 October 1930, Denison, Texas, USA, d. 31 August 1970, New York City, New York, USA. As a child, Ervin played trombone but switched to tenor saxophone in the early 50s during his military service. (He led his own small group when he was stationed on Okinawa.) After returning to civilian life, Ervin studied at Berklee College Of Music under Joe Viola, then worked with Ernie Read more

Lucky Thompson - 62% match to Mal Waldron

Genres: Blues Jazz
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Eli Thompson, 16 June 1924, Columbia, South Carolina, USA, d. 30 July 2005, Seattle, Washington, USA. Thompson’s professional career began in the early 40s as a sideman in territory bands. After moving to New York in 1943 he played tenor saxophone in the bands of Lionel Hampton, Don Redman, Billy Eckstine, Lucky Millinder and in 1944 joined Count Basie. On the west coas Read more

Cedar Walton - 61% match to Mal Waldron

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

McCoy Tyner - 61% match to Mal Waldron

Genres: Jazz Latin
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Alfred McCoy Tyner, 11 December 1938, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. Beginning in his early teens, Tyner studied piano formally for several years before joining the jazztet led by Benny Golson and Art Farmer in 1959. The following year he joined John Coltrane, with whom he had previously gigged in Philadelphia. He remained with Coltrane until 1965 in what became known as t Read more

Steve Kuhn - 59% match to Mal Waldron

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Tommy Flanagan - 59% match to Mal Waldron

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Woody Shaw - 59% match to Mal Waldron

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Herman Shaw II, 24 December 1944, Laurinburg, North Carolina, USA, d. 11 May 1989, New York City, New York, USA. Shaw was raised in Newark, New Jersey, where his father sang in a gospel group. Taking up the trumpet at the age of 11, he quickly attained a level of proficiency that allowed him to sit in with visiting jazzmen. He left school when he was 16 years old to work in Read more

Jackie McLean - 54% match to Mal Waldron

Genres: Jazz R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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John Lenwood McLean, 17 May 1932, New York City, New York, USA, d. 31 March 2006, Hartford, Connecticut, USA (some sources cite 1931 as his year of birth). Coming as he did from a musical background (McLean’s father played guitar with the Tiny Bradshaw band), Jackie was encouraged by family friends who included Bud Powell. It was through Powell that alto saxophonist McL Read more

Lennie Tristano - 54% match to Mal Waldron

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1940s 1950s 1960s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Leonard Joseph Tristano, 19 March 1919, Chicago, Illinois, USA, d. 18 November 1978, New York City, New York, USA. Encouraged by his mother, Tristano learned piano and various reed instruments while still a very small child, despite steadily deteriorating eyesight (he was born during a measles epidemic). By the age of 11 he was completely blind but, overcoming this handicap, Read more


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