Jimmy Rowles was born in Spokane, Washington, August 19, 1918. Inspired by Andy Kirk, Dick Wilson and Jimmy Lunceford. Jimmy began his professional career in 1935. By 1941, he was playing with Lee and Lester Young and the great Billie Holiday. Establishing himself in jazz, Rowles' career brought him recognition and respect as a master jazz pianist and a five-time Grammy nominee.
One of the most admired pianists in jazz, Oscar Peterson has rightfully claimed the same sort of status as earlier greats such as James P. Johnson, Art Tatum, Teddy Wilson, Fats Waller, Thelonious Monk, Bud Powell, and Bill Evans. Possibly the most successful artist produced by Canada, he appeared on well over 200 albums spanning six decades and won numerous awards, including eight Grammys. During his career he performed and recorded with, among others, Louis Armstrong, Count Basie, Ella Fitzgerald, Dizzy Gillespie, Duke Ellington, and Charlie Parker. He was beyond doubt an authentic jazz piano virtuoso, with a remarkable and prolific legacy of recordings and performances.(Courtesy of All About Jazz)
Miles Davis - Birth of the Cool (1949) Milt Jackson - Ballads and Blues (1956) The Arrival of Victor Feldman (1958) Miles Davis - E.S.P. (1965) William Parker - Through Acceptance of the Mystery Peace (1979) Ed Schuller - The Eleventh Hour (1991)