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Steve Kuhn - 83% match to Paul Bley

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Fred Hersch - 74% match to Paul Bley

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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21 October 1955, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA. Hersch grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio, in a very musical family. Playing piano from the age of three, he turned to jazz in his high school senior year. In 1975 he attended the New England Conservatory and after two years returned to Cincinnati where he played professionally. He spent six weeks on the road with Woody Herman, then relocated Read more

Arild Andersen - 46% match to Paul Bley

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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27 October 1945, Lilleström, Norway. Andersen’s career as a jazz bass player began under the tutelage of Karel Netolicka and the influential American jazz composer and theorist George Russell, who was then resident in Sweden. From 1966-73 Andersen toured throughout Scandinavia, working with Russell’s orchestra and sextet, Jan Garbarek’s trio and quartet, Read more

Steve Lacy - 44% match to Paul Bley

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Kenny Wheeler - 42% 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

Jimmy Giuffre - 40% match to Paul Bley

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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James Peter Giuffre, 26 April 1921, Dallas, Texas, USA, d. 24 April 2008, Pittsfield, Massachusetts, USA. A graduate of the North Texas College in 1942, Giuffre entered the US Army where he gained professional band experience playing saxophones and clarinet. On his discharge he played in a succession of big bands, including those led by Buddy Rich, Jimmy Dorsey, Boyd Raeburn Read more

Mal Waldron - 40% match to Paul Bley

Genres: Jazz
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

Gary Peacock - 37% match to Paul Bley

Genres: Jazz
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Ralph Towner - 37% match to Paul Bley

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Anthony Braxton - 34% 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

Marc Johnson - 34% match to Paul Bley

Genres: Jazz Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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21 October 1953, Omaha, Nebraska, USA. After studying at North Texas State University Johnson spent the greater part of a year on the road playing bass with Woody Herman’s big band. After this intensive learning experience, he auditioned in early 1978 as replacement for Eddie Gomez with the Bill Evans trio. Securing this job not only brought Johnson fulfilment of a drea Read more

Andrew Hill - 33% match to Paul Bley

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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30 June 1931, Chicago, Illinois, USA, d. 20 April 2007, Jersey City, New Jersey, USA. Port Au Prince, Haiti, is usually given as Hill’s birthplace, but he actually hailed from Chicago. He studied composition privately with Paul Hindemith and Bill Russo, and played accordion and tap-danced on the streets where Earl ‘Fatha’ Hines heard him. In his teens he was i Read more

Charles Lloyd - 33% 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

Chris Potter - 33% match to Paul Bley

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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1 January 1971, Chicago, Illinois, USA. A highly-gifted and forward looking player, Potter was raised in Columbia, South Carolina where he played piano before taking up both the tenor and alto saxophone. He began playing the local clubs when he was only 13, before moving to New York in 1989. Potter spent four years playing saxophone, and occasional piano, in Red Rodney’ Read more

Gonzalo Rubalcaba - 33% match to Paul Bley

Genres: Jazz Latin
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


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