Jazz Pianists in History

Events in Music


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1950-03-27 Jazz pianist, Erroll Garner's solo concert (Cleveland, Ohio)

Jazz Pianist Erroll Garner
Jazz Pianist
Erroll Garner

Birthdays in Music

  • 1887-09-19 Lovie [Cora] Austin, American jazz pianist (Down Hearted Blues), born in Chattanooga, Tennessee (d. 1972)
  • 1890-10-20 Ferdinand "Jelly Roll" Morton, jazz pianist/composer, born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1893-03-18 Jean Goldkette, French jazz pianist & bandleader, born in Valenciennes, France (d. 1962)
  • 1897-03-25 "Sweet" Emma Barrett, American Dixieland jazz pianist and singer, born in New Orleans, Louisiana ( d. 1983)
  • 1903-12-28 Earl "Fatha" Hines, American jazz pianist and bandleader (Deep Forest), born in Duquesne, Pennsylvania (d. 1983)
  • 1904-06-11 Clarence "Pinetop" Smith, American jazz pianist and singer (Boogie Woogie Piano), born in Troy, Alabama (d. 1929)
  • 1904-07-04 Seger Pillot Ellis, American jazz pianist and vocalist, born in Houston, Texas (d. 1995)
  • 1904-08-11 Jess Stacy, jazz pianist, born in Bird's Point, Missouri (d. 1995)
  • 1907-11-03 Joe Turner, American jazz pianist, born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 1990)
  • 1909-12-08 Cleo Brown, American jazz pianist, born in Meridian, Mississippi (d. 1995)
  • 1910-05-08 Mary Lou Williams, US jazz pianist and composer (Zodiac Suite), born in Atlanta, Georgia (d. 1981)
  • 1910-10-13 Art Tatum [Arthur Tatum Jr], American jazz pianist and composer, born in Toledo, Ohio (d. 1956)
  • 1911-06-22 Guus Jansen, Dutch jazz organist, pianist, composer (Net als Toen), born in Heiloo, the Netherlands (d. 1990)
  • 1911-12-15 Stan Kenton, American musician, jazz pianist, arranger and bandleader (Artistry In Rhythm), born in Wichita, Kansas (d. 1979)
  • 1912-05-13 Gil Evans, Canadian-American jazz pianist, composer and arranger (Miles Davis; Absolute Beginners, Out of the Cool), born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 1988)
  • 1912-11-24 Theodore "Teddy" Wilson, US jazz pianist/arranger
  • 1913-09-15 Roger "Ram" Ramirez, jazz pianist/composer
  • 1914-05-22 Sun Ra [Herbert Blount], American jazz pianist (The Arkestra), born in Birmingham, Alabama (d. 1993)
  • 1914-11-01 Sabby Lewis, American jazz pianist and arranger, born in Middleburgh, North Carolina (d. 1994)
  • 1914-12-29 Billy [Dorothy] Tipton, American jazz pianist/saxophonist/bandleader, born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (d. 1989)
  • 1915-07-10 Milt Buckner American jazz pianist & Hammond organ pioneer, born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 1977)
  • 1915-09-16 Cy Walter, American jazz pianist (Three's Company), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota (d. 1968)
  • 1915-12-26 Una Mae Carlisle, US jazz pianist/vocalist (Walkin' By The River), born in Xenia, Ohio; (d. 1956)
  • 1916-01-12 Jay McShann, American jazz pianist & bandleader, born in Muskogee, Oklahoma (d. 2006)
  • 1916-11-07 Joe Bushkin, American jazz pianist (A Couple of Joes), born in NYC, New York
  • 1917-03-23 Johnny Guarnieri, American jazz pianist (Morey Amsterdam Show), born in NYC, New York (d. 1985)
  • 1917-10-10 Thelonious Monk, American jazz pianist and composer, born in Rocky Mount, North Carolina (d. 1982)
  • 1918-03-20 Marian McPartland, British jazz pianist (Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz), born in Slough, United Kingdom (d. 2013)
  • 1918-05-05 Erbie Bowser, American blues and jazz pianist, born in Davila, Texas (d. 1995)
  • 1918-07-31 Hank Jones, American jazz pianist and composer, born in Vicksburg, Mississippi (d. 2010)
  • 1918-08-19 James George "Jimmy" Rowles, jazz pianist
  • 1918-10-18 Robert "Bobby" Troup, American jazz pianist and actor (Emergency, Acapulco), born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania (d. 1999)
  • 1919-03-19 Lennie Tristano, American jazz pianist (The New Tristano), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1978)
  • 1919-08-13 George Shearing, British-American blind jazz pianist (Lullaby of Birdland), born in London, England (d. 2011)
  • 1920-12-06 Dave Brubeck, American jazz pianist and composer (Gates of Justice), born in Concord, California (d. 2012)
  • 1923-05-13 Red [William] Garland, American jazz pianist (Miles Davis Quintet), born in Dallas, Texas (d. 1984)

Person of interestErroll Garner

1923-06-15 Erroll Garner, American jazz pianist (Misty), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Jazz Pianist Erroll Garner
Jazz Pianist
Erroll Garner
  • 1923-06-23 George Russell, American jazz pianist (The Jazz Workshop) born in Cincinnati, Ohio (d. 2009)
  • 1924-09-27 Earl Rudolph "Bud" Powell, American jazz pianist and composer, born in Harlem, New York (d. 1966)

Person of interestOscar Peterson

1925-08-15 Oscar Peterson, Canadian jazz pianist and composer, born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 2007)

Jazz Musician Oscar Peterson
Jazz Musician
Oscar Peterson
  • 1927-08-23 Martial Solal, French jazz pianist and composer, born in Algiers, French Algeria
  • 1927-11-25 Dick Wellstood, American jazz pianist, born in Greenwich, Connecticut
  • 1928-07-17 Vince Guaraldi, American jazz pianist and composer (Peanuts TV specials), born in San Francisco (d. 1976)
  • 1928-11-13 Hampton Hawes, American jazz pianist, born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1977)
  • 1929-08-16 Bill Evans, US jazz pianist, born in Plainfield, New Jersey (d. 1980)
  • 1929-12-12 Toshiko Akiyoshi, Japanese jazz pianist and composer, born in Liaoyang, Manchuria, Republic of China
  • 1931-09-16 Jan Johansson, Swedish jazz pianist, born in Söderhamn, Hälsingland, Sweden (d. 1968)
  • 1932-09-13 Bengt Hallberg, Swedish jazz pianist and composer, born in Gothenburg, Sweden (d. 2013)
  • 1933-03-28 Tete Montoliu, Catalonian jazz pianist, born in Barcelona (d. 1997)
  • 1934-01-31 Ron Weatherburn, jazz pianist
  • 1934-04-07 Victor Feldman, British jazz pianist and drummer, born in London (d. 1987)
  • 1934-09-11 Oliver Jones, Canadian jazz pianist and composer, born in Little Burgundy, Montreal, Quebec
  • 1934-10-29 Pim Jacobs, Dutch jazz pianist, TV host and actor (Gilas), born in Hilversum, Netherlands (d. 1996)
  • 1934-11-14 Ellis Marsalis, American jazz pianist & teacher, born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 2020)
  • 1935-01-08 Ian Bargh, Scottish-born Canadian jazz pianist and composer, born in Prestwick, Scotland (d. 2012)
  • 1935-06-06 Misha Mengelberg, Dutch jazz pianist and composer (Reconstruction), born in Kiev, Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic (d. 2017)
  • 1935-12-19 Bobby Timmons, American jazz pianist (d. 1974)
  • 1938-12-09 William Thomas McKinley, American composer and jazz pianist, born in New Kensington, Pennsylvania (d. 2015)
  • 1938-12-11 McCoy Tyner, American jazz pianist (John Coltrane Quartet), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2020)
  • 1940-09-02 Mike Pyne, jazz Pianist
  • 1940-12-20 Larry Willis, American jazz pianist & composer, born in NYC, New York
  • 1941-06-12 Armando "Chick" Corea, American jazz-fusion pianist and composer (Return To Forever, Delhpi I, Toy Dance), born in Chelsea, Massachusetts
  • 1942-09-25 John Taylor, British jazz pianist, born in Manchester, England
  • 1943-02-21 Duncan Swift, jazz pianist
  • 1945-02-13 Keith Nichols, English jazz musician, born in Essex, England
  • 1947-04-23 Alan Broadbent, New Zealand jazz pianist (Developing Story), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1947-06-30 Jasper van 't Hof, Dutch jazz pianist (Live in Montreux), born in Enschede, Overijssel, Netherlands
  • 1953-09-16 Earl Klugh, American jazz pianist and guitarist, born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1956-08-15 Lorraine Desmarais, French-Canadian jazz pianist and composer
  • 1961-10-08 Ted Kooshian, American jazz pianist, born in San Jose, California
  • 1964-11-16 Diana Krall, Canadian Jazz pianist and singer, born in Nanaimo, British Columbia
  • 1964-12-07 Duncan Millar, English jazz pianist (Blue Mercedes-Rich & Famous), born in London, England
  • 1965-07-05 Eyran Katsenelenbogen, Israeli jazz pianist, born in Israel
  • 1970-08-23 Brad Mehldau, American jazz pianist, born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • 1970-10-05 Tord Gustavsen, Norwegian jazz pianist and composer (Tord Gustavsen Trio), born in Oslo, Norway
  • 1970-11-20 Geoffrey Keezer, American jazz pianist, born in Eau Claire, Wisconsin
  • 1971-06-12 Peter Beets, Dutch jazz pianist (New York Trio), born in The Hague, Netherlands
  • 1972-11-05 Neil Cowley, English jazz pianist (Displaced, Fragile State), born in London
  • 1979-03-26 Hiromi Uehara, Japanese jazz pianist, (Spiral), born in Hamamatsu, Japan

Deaths in Music

  • 1929-03-15 Clarence "Pinetop" Smith, American jazz pianist and singer (Boogie Woogie Piano), dies of a gunshot wound in a dance-hall fight at 24
  • 1941-07-10 Ferdinand "Jelly Roll" Morton, pioneer jazz pianist, dies in LA at 56

Person of interestFats Waller

1943-12-15 Fats Waller [Thomas Wright], American jazz singer and composer (Ain't Misbehavin', Hot Chocolate), dies at 39

Jazz Musician and Songwriter Fats Waller
Jazz Musician and Songwriter
Fats Waller
  • 1956-11-05 Art Tatum [Arthur Tatum Jr], American jazz pianist and composer, dies from complications of uremia at 47
  • 1966-08-01 Earl Rudolph "Bud" Powell, American jazz pianist and composer, dies at 41
  • 1968-08-18 Cy Walter, American jazz pianist (Three's Company), dies of cancer at 52
  • 1968-11-09 Jan Johansson, Swedish jazz pianist, dies at 37
  • 1971-04-12 Wynton Kelly, American jazz pianist (b. 1931)
  • 1972-07-08 Lovie [Cora] Austin, American jazz pianist (Down Hearted Blues), dies at 84
  • 1974-03-01 Bobby Timmons, American jazz pianist (b. 1935)
  • 1976-02-06 Vince Guaraldi, jazz pianist and composer (Peanuts TV specials), dies at 43

Person of interestErroll Garner

1977-01-02 Erroll Garner, American jazz pianist (Misty), dies at 53

Jazz Pianist Erroll Garner
Jazz Pianist
Erroll Garner
  • 1978-11-18 Lennie Tristano, American jazz pianist (The New Tristano), dies of a heart attack at 59
  • 1979-08-25 Stan Kenton, American musician, jazz pianist, arranger and bandleader (Artistry In Rhythm), dies at 67
  • 1980-09-15 Bill Evans, US jazz pianist, dies of a bleeding ulcer at 51
  • 1981-05-28 Mary Lou Williams, US jazz pianist and composer (Zodiac Suite), dies at 71
  • 1982-02-17 Thelonious Monk, American jazz pianist and composer, dies at 64
  • 1982-08-08 Kurt Edelhagen, West German jazz pianist, dies at 62
  • 1983-01-28 "Sweet" Emma Barrett, American Dixieland jazz pianist and singer, dies at 85
  • 1983-04-22 Earl "Fatha" Hines, American jazz pianist & bandleader (Deep Forest), dies at 79
  • 1984-04-23 Red [William] Garland, American jazz pianist (Miles Davis Quintet), dies of a heart attack at 60
  • 1985-01-07 Johnny Guarnieri, jazz pianist (Morey Amsterdam Show), dies at 67
  • 1986-07-31 Theodore "Teddy" Wilson, US jazz pianist/arranger, dies at 73
  • 1987-05-12 Victor Feldman, British jazz pianist and drummer, dies at 53 of a heart attack
  • 1987-07-24 Dick Wellstood, American jazz pianist, dies at 59
  • 1988-03-20 Gil Evans, Canadian-American jazz pianist, composer and arranger (Miles Davis; Absolute Beginners, Out of the Cool), dies at 75
  • 1989-01-21 Billy [Dorothy] Tipton, American jazz pianist/saxophonist/bandleader, dies at 74
  • 1990-07-23 Joe Turner, American jazz pianist, dies of cardiac arrest at 82
  • 1993-01-23 Thomas A Dorsey, American jazz pianist (Take My Hand, Precious Lord), dies at 93
  • 1993-05-30 Sun Ra [Herman Blount], American jazz pianist (The Arkestra), dies at 79
  • 1993-08-04 Kenny Drew, US/Danish jazz pianist (Moonlight Desert), dies at 64
  • 1993-08-07 Roy Budd, English jazz pianist/composer (Paper Tiger), dies at 46
  • 1994-07-09 Sabby Lewis, American jazz pianist and arranger, dies at 79
  • 1995-01-01 Jess Stacy, American jazz pianist (Great Gatsby), dies at 90
  • 1995-04-15 Cleo Brown, American jazz pianist, dies at 85
  • 1995-05-24 Mike Pyne, jazz Pianist, dies at 54
  • 1995-05-26 Ron Weatherburn, jazz pianist, dies at 61
  • 1995-08-15 Erbie Bowser, American blues and jazz pianist, dies at 77
  • 1995-09-29 Seger Pillot Ellis, American jazz pianist and vocalist, dies at 91
  • 1996-05-29 James George "Jimmy" Rowles, jazz pianist, dies at 77
  • 1996-07-03 Pim Jacobs, Dutch jazz pianist, TV host and actor (Gilas), dies at 61
  • 1996-10-11 Johnny Costa, jazz pianist (Mr Rogers), dies at 74
  • 1997-08-08 Duncan Swift, jazz pianist, dies at 74
  • 1999-02-07 Robert "Bobby" Troup, American jazz pianist and actor (Emergency, Acapulco), dies of a heart attack at 80
  • 2001-03-29 John Lewis, American jazz pianist (b. 1920)
  • 2001-11-16 Tommy Flanagan, American jazz pianist (b. 1930)
  • 2006-06-06 Hilton Ruiz, Puerto Rican-American jazz pianist (b. 1952)

Person of interestOscar Peterson

2007-12-23 Oscar Peterson, Canadian jazz pianist and composer, dies of kidney failure at 82

Jazz Musician Oscar Peterson
Jazz Musician
Oscar Peterson
  • 2008-06-14 Esbjörn Svensson, Swedish jazz pianist (b. 1964)
  • 2009-07-27 George Russell, American jazz pianist (The Jazz Workshop), dies of complications from Alzheimer's disease at 86
  • 2010-05-16 Hank Jones, American jazz pianist and composer, dies at 91
  • 2011-02-14 George Shearing, British-American blind jazz pianist (Lullaby of Birdland), dies at 91
  • 2011-09-19 Johnny Răducanu, Romanian jazz pianist (b. 1931)
  • 2012-01-02 Ian Bargh, Canadian jazz pianist & composer, dies from lung cancer at 76
  • 2012-12-05 Dave Brubeck, American jazz pianist and composer (Gates of Justice), dies from heart failure at 91
  • 2013-07-02 Bengt Hallberg, Swedish jazz pianist and composer, dies at 80
  • 2013-08-20 Marian McPartland, British jazz pianist (Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz), dies at 95
  • 2013-12-06 Stan Tracey, British jazz pianist, dies at 86
  • 2015-02-03 William Thomas McKinley, American composer and jazz pianist, dies at 76
  • 2017-03-03 Misha Mengelberg, Dutch jazz pianist and composer (Reconstruction), dies at 81
  • 2020-03-06 McCoy Tyner, American jazz pianist (John Coltrane Quartet), dies at 81