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Keith Jarrett

(b. 1945)


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(b Allentown, Pa., 1945).

Amer. jazz pianist and composer of Scottish‐Irish and Hungarian descent. Child‐prodigy pianist. In early teens toured with Fred Waring and his Pennsylvanians. Was offered schol. to study with N. Boulanger in Paris but went instead to NY where he formed his own jazz group and occasionally played with a Miles Davis band. His solo piano improvisations embrace classical and jazz history, rarely with direct quotations, and he has been classified with the ‘back to romanticism’ movement of Rochberg and Del Tredici. Has been soloist in pf. concs. by Lou Harrison, Hovhaness and McPhee. Comps. incl. Ritual for pf. and The Celestial Hawk, a pf. conc.

Subjects: Music.


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