Keith Jarrett

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About Keith Jarrett

Jazz pianist Keith Jarrett fell in love with the genre as a teenager and famously passed on his opportunity to study classical composition in Paris with world-renowned teacher Nadia Boulanger. ∙ Before he was fully established as a solo artist and bandleader, he played in groups headed up by jazz greats Miles Davis, Art Blakey, and Charles Lloyd. ∙ He was an early champion of improvised solo concerts, and 1975’s The Köln Concert—on which he famously performed with a substandard piano—is the best-selling solo piano recording of all time. ∙ In 1983, Jarrett formed a standards trio with bassist Gary Peacock and drummer Jack DeJohnette, with whom he spent the next 30 years successfully touring and recording. ∙ During the late ’80s and early ’90s, he returned to classical music, interpreting works by Bach, Handel, and Mozart. ∙ In 2004, Jarrett received Denmark’s esteemed Léonie Sonning Music Prize, which typically goes to classical artists and had previously been given to only one other jazz musician—Miles Davis.

HOMETOWN
Allentown, PA, United States of America
BORN
May 8, 1945