Jazz Piano Playlist
Jazz piano is the original American genre.
Jazz piano’s significance in music, culture, politics, and jazz dates back to the time of tremendous struggle and progress in American culture. At the turn of the 19th Century, when music was stagnant, jazz-inspired by negro spiritual music emerged as the most critical social advancement in American entertainment and culture, specifically for negros looking for a viable way to express themselves and make a living.
From jazz piano came musical genius such as Art Tatum, Herbie Hancock, Thelonius Monk, Bill Evans, Keith Jerrett, Oscar Peterson, Dave Brubeck, McCoy Tyner, Duke Ellington, Bud Powell, one of my favorites Ahmad Jamal and Abdullah Ibrahim, Nat King Cole, Brad Mehldau, Cecil Taylor, Nina Simone, Hazel Scott, Little Richard, Ray Charles, Fats Waller, Stevie Wonder, Donny Hathaway and so many more. I have left anyone off this list, please, mention in the comments section, and I will surely add.
- On October 1, 1945, Donny Hathaway was born.
- On May 13, 1950, Stevland Hardaway Morris was born.
- On September 23, 1930, Ray Charles Robinson was born.
- On April 12, 1940, Herbert Jeffrey Hancock was born.
"Donny is no longer here, but the song "Someday We'll All Be Free" gathers momentum as part of his legacy... Donny literally sat in the studio and cried when he heard the playback of his final mix. It's pretty special when an artist can create something that wipes them out." Edward Howard, lyricist of the song, adds, "It was a spiritual thing for me... What was going through my mind at the time was Donny because Donny was a very troubled person. I hoped that at some point he would be released from all that he was going through. There was nothing I could do but write something that might be encouraging for him. He's a good leader for young black men".