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 College Of Music in the early 60s but was soon leading his own small group. From the mid-60s he was based in New York where Art Blakey invited him to join his band. Jarrett stayed with Blakey for only a few months but it was enough to raise his previously low profile. In 1966 he joined Charles Lloyds quartet, which made his name known internationally, thanks to extensive tours of Europe and visits to the Soviet Union and the Far East. It was in this quartet that he befriended Jack DeJohnette.
During his childhood Jarrett had also played vibraphone, saxophone, flute...
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