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Walter Bishop Jr
Walter Bishop Jr.
Walter Bishop Jr.
(October 4, 1927 – January 24, 1998) was an American jazz pianist.Contents1 Early life 2 Later life and career 3 Death 4 Playing style 5 Discography5.1 As leader 5.2 Compilation 5.3 As sideman6 References 7 External linksEarly life[edit] Bishop was born in New York City on October 4, 1927.[1] He had at least two sisters, Marian and Beverly.[2] His father was composer Walter Bishop Sr.[2] In his teens, Bishop Jr.'s friends included future jazz musicians Kenny Drew, Sonny Rollins, and Art Taylor.[2] He was brought up in Harlem.[2] He left high school to p
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Jazz
Jazz
Jazz
is a music genre that originated in the African-American communities of New Orleans, United States,[1] in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and developed from roots in blues and ragtime.[2] Jazz
Jazz
is seen by many as 'America's classical music'.[3] Since the 1920s Jazz
Jazz
Age, jazz has become recognized as a major form of musical expression. It then emerged in the form of independent traditional and popular musical styles, all linked by the common bonds of African-American
African-American
and European-American
European-American
musical parentage with a performance orientation.[4] Jazz
Jazz
is characterized by swing and blue notes, call and response vocals, polyrhythms and improvisation
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Los Angeles, California
Los AngelesCSA Los Angeles-Long BeachMSA Los Angeles-Long Beach-AnaheimPueblo September 4, 1781[3]City status May 23, 1835[4]Incorporated April 4, 1850[5]Named for Our Lady, Queen of the AngelsGovernment • Type Mayor-Council-Commission[6] • Body Los Angeles
Los Angeles
City Council • Mayor Eric Garcetti[7] • City Attorney Mike Feuer[7] • City Controller Ron Galperin[7]Area[8] • City in California 502.76 sq m
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Art Blakey
Arthur "Art" Blakey (October 11, 1919 – October 16, 1990) was an American jazz drummer and bandleader. He was known as Abdullah Ibn Buhaina
Buhaina
after he became a Muslim.[1] Blakey made a name for himself in the 1940s in the big bands of Fletcher Henderson
Fletcher Henderson
and Billy Eckstine. He worked with bebop musicians Thelonious Monk, Charlie Parker
Charlie Parker
and Dizzy Gillespie. In the mid-1950s Horace Silver
Horace Silver
and Blakey formed the Jazz
Jazz
Messengers, a group that the drummer was associated with for the next 35 years
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Jam Session
A jam session is a relatively informal musical event, process, or activity where musicians, typically instrumentalists, play improvised solos and vamp on tunes, songs and chord progressions. To "jam" is to improvise music without extensive preparation or predefined arrangements, except for when the group is playing well-known jazz standards or covers of existing popular songs. Original jam sessions, also 'free flow sessions', are often used by musicians to develop new material (music) and find suitable arrangements. Both styles can be used simply as a social gathering and communal practice session. Jam sessions may be based upon existing songs or forms, may be loosely based on an agreed chord progression or chart suggested by one participant, or may be wholly improvisational
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Minton's Playhouse
Minton's Playhouse
Minton's Playhouse
is a jazz club and bar located on the first floor of the Cecil Hotel at 210 West 118th Street in Harlem
Harlem
and is a registered trademark of Housing and Services, Inc. a New York City nonprofit provider of supportive housing. The door to the actual club itself is at 206 West 118th Street where there is a small plaque. Minton's was founded by tenor saxophonist Henry Minton in 1938.[2] Minton's is famous for its role in the development of modern jazz, also known as bebop, where in its jam sessions in the early 1940s, Thelonious Monk, Kenny Clarke, Charlie Christian, Charlie Parker
Charlie Parker
and Dizzy Gillespie, pioneered the new music
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Black Lion Records
Black Lion Records was a jazz record company and label based in London, England. Black Lion was founded by Alan Bates in 1968.[1] The label had two series of releases, one for British jazz musicians and one for international musicians. It released a large amount of reissue material, including items by Art Tatum, Jay McShann, Ben Webster, Earl Hines, Bud Freeman, Bud Powell, Don Byas, Coleman Hawkins, Mal Waldron, and Duke Ellington. It had a subsidiary called Freedom Records, which concentrated on free jazz releases; this wing was bought by Arista Records
Arista Records
in 1975. The label was distributed by Polydor for part of its existence. It became part of D. A
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Hank Mobley
Henry "Hank" Mobley (July 7, 1930 – May 30, 1986) was an American hard bop and soul jazz tenor saxophonist and composer. Mobley was described by Leonard Feather
Leonard Feather
as the "middleweight champion of the tenor saxophone", a metaphor used to describe his tone, that was neither as aggressive as John Coltrane
John Coltrane
nor as mellow as Stan Getz, and his style that was laid-back, subtle and melodic, especially in contrast with players like Sonny Rollins
Sonny Rollins
and Coltrane. The critic Stacia Proefrock claimed he is "one of the most underrated musicians of the bop era."[1]Contents1 Biography1.1 Early Life 1.2 Career 1.3 Retirement2 Discography 3 Notes 4 References 5 External linksBiography[edit] Early Life[edit] Mobley was born in Eastman, Georgia, but was raised in Elizabeth, New Jersey, near Newark.[2] When he was 16, an illness kept him in the house for several months
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The Juilliard School
The Juilliard School
Juilliard School
(/ˌdʒuːliˈɑːrd/), informally referred to as Juilliard and located in the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
on the Upper West Side
Upper West Side
of Manhattan, New York City, is a performing arts conservatory established in 1905. The school trains about 850 undergraduate and graduate students in dance, drama, and music
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Hall Overton
Hall Franklin Overton (February 23, 1920 – November 24, 1972) was an American composer, jazz pianist and music teacher. He was born in Bangor, Michigan, the first of the three sons of Stanford and Ruth (Barnes) Overton. He grew up in Grand Rapids, Michigan.Contents1 Life 2 Death 3 Family 4 Comments 5 Discography 6 External linksLife[edit] After taking piano lessons as a youngster, Overton realized he'd have to travel beyond his small Midwestern town to find the kind of music instruction he wanted. His high school music teacher recognized Overton's gift and recommended he attend The Chicago Musical College after graduation. Overton studied theory and composition there from 1940 to 1942. He then entered the armed services and served in overseas combat duty with the U.S. 3rd Armored Division
U.S. 3rd Armored Division
until 1945
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Harlem
Coordinates: 40°48′32.52″N 73°56′54.14″W / 40.8090333°N 73.9483722°W / 40.8090333; -73.9483722HarlemNeighborhood of ManhattanStately Harlem
Harlem
apartment buildings adjacent to Morningside ParkNickname(s): "Heaven", "Black mecca"Motto(s): "Making It!"Country  United StatesState  New YorkCounty New YorkCity  New YorkFounded 1658Named for Haarlem, NetherlandsArea[1] • Total 10.03 km2 (3.871 sq mi)Population (2000)[2][3][4] • Total 335,109 • Density 33,000/km2 (87,000/sq mi)EconomicsZIP Codes 10026–10027, 10029–10031, 10035, 10037, 10039Area codes 212, 917, 646, 347 Harlem
Harlem
is a large neighborhood in the northern section of the New York City
City
borough of Manhattan
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Tina Turner
Tina
Tina
Turner (born November 26, 1939) is an American-born Swiss singer, songwriter, dancer, actress, and author. Turner rose to international prominence as a featured singer with Ike Turner's Kings of Rhythm before recording hit singles both with Ike Turner
Ike Turner
and as a solo performer. One of the world's best-selling artists of all time, she has been referred to as The Queen of Rock 'n' Roll.[3][4][5] has sold more than 200 million albums and singles worldwide to date.[6] She is noted for her energetic stage presence, powerful vocals, well-proportioned legs, and career longevity.[4][7] According to Guinness World Records, Turner has sold more concert tickets than any other solo performer in history.[8] Turner was born Anna Mae Bullock to a small Tennessee family. Growing up throughout the Southeastern United States
United States
she began singing in local church choirs
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University Of Hartford
A university (Latin: universitas, "a whole") is an institution of higher (or tertiary) education and research which awards academic degrees in various academic disciplines
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Improvisation
Improvisation
Improvisation
is creating or performing something spontaneously or making something from whatever is available. Improvisation, in the performing arts is a very spontaneous performance without specific or scripted preparation. The skills of improvisation can apply to many different faculties, across all artistic, scientific, physical, cognitive, academic, and non-academic disciplines; see Applied improvisation. Musical improvisation
Musical improvisation
is the composition (and simultaneous playing) of music, without prior preparation. Improvisational comedy is a theatre art performed throughout the world and has had on-again, off-again status throughout history. Dance improvisation is frequently used as a choreographic tool. Choreography
Choreography
is also frequently used as a tool for improvisation. Improvisation
Improvisation
also exists outside the arts
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Bud Powell
Earl Rudolph "Bud" Powell (September 27, 1924 – July 31, 1966) was an American jazz pianist. Though Thelonious Monk
Thelonious Monk
was a close friend and influence, his greatest piano influence was Art Tatum. Along with Charlie Parker, Monk, and Dizzy Gillespie, Powell was a leading figure in the development of modern jazz, or bebop
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