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Keith Jarrett

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Allentown PA, United States (1966 – present)

Keith Jarrett (born May 8, 1945 in Allentown, Pennsylvania, USA) is an American and . He is considered one of the most important pianists, renowned for his elaborate solo improvisations. As well as recording under his own name, he has recorded a number of albums as the Keith Jarrett Trio. In 2003, Jarrett received the Polar Music Prize, the first (and to this day only) recipient not to share the prize with a co-recipient, and in 2004 he received the Léonie Sonning Music Prize.

Jarrett[ began piano lessons at the age of two and played for the first time on stage at the age of seven. In 1962 he played a self-composed two-hour concert, without the benefit of any prior formal instruction in orchestration or composition. After working with a wide variety of musicians, beginning in 1966, including Chet Baker, Lee Konitz and Art Blakey, he founded his own band in 1968 with Charlie Haden and Paul Motian. In 1971-1976 Dewey Redman (saxophone) joined the group and they played under the name the American Quartet. His work with Miles Davis between 1969 and 1971 gave his career an additional boost and the opportunity to play solo concerts such as the “Köln Concert” (1975, Cologne, Germany), honoured by Time Magazine as Album of the year.

Since the early 19, he has enjoyed a great deal of success, both artistic and commercial, in both and jazz music as a group leader and a solo performer.

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