Jaki Byard

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Birthday
15, 1922
Birthplace
Massachusetts
Death Date
Feb 11, 1999 (76)
Birth Sign
Gemini
Birthday
15, 1922
Birthplace
Massachusetts
Death Date
Feb 11, 1999 (76)

About

Eclectic jazz artist who was adaptable to many different styles, including ragtime, stride, and free jazz.

Before Fame

He collaborated with saxophonist Charlie Mariano for his recording debut in 1951.

Trivia

His contribution to bebop jazz musician Phil Woods' 1974 album Musique du Bois prompted NPR to call him one of jazz's most versatile and compelling pianists.

Family Life

His family nurtured his talents, leading him to a professional career by the time he was 15.

Associated With

He was a member of Maynard Ferguson's band from 1959 until 1962.