Keith Jarrett

Keith Jarrett (born May 8, 1945, in Allentown, Pennsylvania) is an American jazz icon and classical pianist and composer. Jarrett started his career with Art Blakey, moving on to play with Charles Lloyd and Miles Davis. Since the early 1970s he has enjoyed a great deal of success in both jazz and classical music, as a group leader and a solo performer. His improvisations draw not only from the traditions of jazz, but from other genres as well, especially Western classical music, gospel, blues, and ethnic folk music. In 2003, Jarrett received the Polar Music Prize, the first (and to this day only) recipient not to share the prize with a co-recipient, and in 2004 he received the Léonie Sonning Music Prize. In 2008, he was inducted into the Down Beat Hall of Fame by the Down Beat 73rd Annual Jazz Readers' Poll. Jarrett, who is partly of Hungarian ancestry, grew up in suburban Allentown, Pennsylvania, with significant early exposure to music. He possessed absolute pitch, and he displayed prodigious musical talents as a young child. He began piano lessons just before his third birthday, and at age five he appeared on a TV talent program hosted by the swing bandleader Paul Whiteman. The...
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  • Review: Jazz masters evoke joy, sadness on duet CD

    The Associated Press 2 weeks ago
    Review: Jazz masters evoke joy, sadness on duet CD
    Keith Jarrett and Charlie Haden, "Last Dance" (ECM) There's a sense of both joy and sadness to "Last Dance," which surprisingly is the first album in pianist Keith Jarrett's illustrious nearly 50-year career to hit No. 1 on ...
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    Jazz great Charlie Haden dies

    Knoxville News Sentinel 2 weeks ago
    Jazz great Charlie Haden has died. Haden, 76, died on Friday, July 11, in Los Angeles after a long illness. Known for his work on double bass, Haden began his career with a family country band, but came to international ...

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