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Jaki Byard

Primary Instrument: Piano

Born: June 15, 1922 | Died: February 11, 1999    

Jaki Byard

A musician that has spanned the generations of Jazz is Jaki Byard. Jaki Byard was born John Arthur Byard, Jr. on June 15, 1922 in Worcester, Massachusetts. His father was a member of the marching hands at the turn of the 20th century and played the trombone. His mother played the piano for the African Methodist Episcopalian Zion Church (AME). His maternal grandmother played the piano for the silent picture shows (visual movies without sound before “talking movies” were invented). It was on that piano that Jaki began his musical odyssey. When he was 8 years old, he started taking piano lessons from a piano teacher named Grace Johnson. The swing rhythm of the time and the lure of the big bands inspired Jaki throughout most of his career....
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  • A Matter of Black and White

    HighNote Records
    2011
  • Sunshine of My Soul: Live at the Keystone Korner

    HighNote Records
    2008
  • The Last From Lennie's

    Prestige Records
    2004
  • The Last From Lennie's

    Prestige Records
    2003
  • Sunshine of My Soul

    Fantasy Jazz
    2001
  • Solo / Strings

    Muse Records
    2000
  • Solo/Strings

    Muse Records
    2000
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