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Paul Motian - 100% match to Paul Bley

Genres: Jazz Soundtracks
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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Stephen Paul Motian, 25 March 1931, Providence, Rhode Island, USA. Motian played guitar in Providence in his teens, then served a term in the US army. On his discharge in 1954 he went to New York to study music at the Manhattan School. By 1956 he was playing drums for George Wallington and Russell Jacquet. Between 1956 and 1958 he worked with Tony Scott, with whom he met th Read more

Cecil Taylor - 98% match to Paul Bley

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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15 March 1929, New York City, New York, USA. A towering figure in post-war avant garde jazz, Taylor has been hailed as the greatest piano virtuoso of the twentieth century because of the phenomenal power, speed and intensity of his playing. ‘We in black music think of the piano as a percussive instrument, ’ he told writer John Litweiler, ‘we beat the keyboard, Read more

Kenny Wheeler - 98% match to Paul Bley

Genres: Jazz Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Kenneth Vincent John Wheeler, 14 January 1930, Toronto, Canada. Sometimes known as Weeny Keller, this outstanding jazz composer, trumpet, cornet and flügelhorn player is one of the shyest and most self-effacing artists imaginable. Buddy Rich once said ‘show me a humble man and I’ll show you a nonentity’ which must make Wheeler the world’s most respec Read more

Keith Jarrett - 88% match to Paul Bley

Genres: Classical Jazz Vocals
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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8 May 1945, Allentown, Pennsylvania, USA. Growing up in a highly musical family, Jarrett displayed startling precocity and was playing piano from the age of three. From a very early age he also composed music and long before he entered his teens was touring as a professional musician, playing classical music and his own compositions. He continued with his studies at Berklee Read more

Ralph Towner - 88% match to Paul Bley

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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John Abercrombie - 84% match to Paul Bley

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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16 December 1944, Portchester, New York, USA. After studying at Berklee College Of Music in Boston, Abercrombie spent four years playing guitar in Johnny ‘Hammond’ Smith’s group. Touring with an established band offered him the kind of practical study that was ideal after Berklee’s academic hothouse of the late 60s. Moving back to New York in 1969, his a Read more

John Surman - 82% match to Paul Bley

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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John Douglas Surman, 30 August 1944, Tavistock, Devon, England. Surman is a remarkable player on soprano and baritone saxophones, bass clarinet, bamboo flutes and sometimes tenor saxophone and synthesizers. He was a member of the Jazz Workshop at Plymouth Arts Centre with Mike Westbrook while still at school, and relocated to London with Westbrook’s band in 1962. He stu Read more

Mal Waldron - 82% match to Paul Bley

Genres: Jazz Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Malcolm Earl Waldron, 16 August 1926, New York City, New York, USA, d. 2 December 2002, Brussels, Belgium. After studying piano and composition formally, Waldron began playing professionally with a succession of R&B bands. He also recorded with Ike Quebec and from 1954 was a regular associate of Charles Mingus. Waldron’s own mid-50s band enjoyed a measure of success Read more

Steve Kuhn - 82% match to Paul Bley

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Charles Lloyd - 79% match to Paul Bley

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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15 March 1938, Memphis, Tennessee, USA. Lloyd was self-taught on tenor saxophone, which he played in his high school band. He gained a Masters Degree at the University of Southern California and became a music teacher at Dorsey High in Los Angeles. In October 1960, he joined the Chico Hamilton Quintet, where he played flute, alto and clarinet as well as tenor, and soon beca Read more

Anthony Braxton - 78% match to Paul Bley

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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4 June 1945, Chicago, Illinois, USA. Braxton began playing clarinet in high school, studied music for one semester at Wilson Junior College, then joined the US Army, where he played clarinet and alto saxophone. In 1966 he joined Chicago’s Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (the AACM), a newly formed musicians’ co-operative whose leading members i Read more

Enrico Pieranunzi - 78% match to Paul Bley

Genres: Jazz Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 2000s
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5 December 1949, Rome, Italy. Pieranunzi began formal piano studies at the age of five and was simultaneously made aware of jazz by his guitarist father. He became a professional musician at the end of his teenage years, working in backing groups supporting visiting jazz artists such as Chet Baker, Kenny Clarke, Art Farmer, Johnny Griffin, Jim Hall and Lee Konitz. In the mid Read more

Jack DeJohnette - 74% match to Paul Bley

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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9 August 1942, Chicago, Illinois, USA. DeJohnette studied piano for 10 years, graduating from the American Conservatory of Music in Chicago. He also played saxophone, but was inspired by the example of Max Roach to take up drums, which he played with the high school band. He would practise for four hours on drums and four on piano, and played in all sorts of situations, from Read more

Don Cherry - 69% match to Paul Bley

Genres: Jazz Music Videos & Concerts World Music
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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18 November 1936, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA, d. 19 October 1995, Alhaurín El Grande, Málaga, Spain. Cherry began playing trumpet while still attending high school in Los Angeles, where he was raised. He also played piano and some of his first public performances were on this instrument when he worked in R&B bands. An early musical associate was Billy Hig Read more

Marion Brown - 69% match to Paul Bley

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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8 September 1935, Atlanta, Georgia, USA. Brown made his name as an alto saxophonist after mastering clarinet and oboe. In the 50s he studied music at Clark College, Atlanta and law at Howard University, Washington, DC - an experience that contrasted sharply with his poor southern background. He spent 18 months playing the clarinet in an army band on the Japanese island of Ho Read more


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