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Tete Montoliu

Primary Instrument: Piano

Born: March 28, 1933 | Died: 1997    

Vicente Montoliu Massana, was born in Barcelona Spain in 1933.The son of a Barcelona symphony woodwinds player, he was born sightless. When he was seven, there were two events that shaped his life: he learned to read music in Braille and he heard recordings by Duke Ellington. Montoliu studied classical piano at the Barcelona Conservatory, and was known as a local piano sensation.

His early interest in jazz was further stimulated when the great saxophonist Don Byas lived for a time in the Montoliu home. By age 17, Montoliu was leading jam sessions at a Barcelona theater.He made his international debut when he was invited on a European tour by Lionel Hampton in 1955, and in 1956 he recorded with the band. The possessor of astonishing technique, Montoliu exhibited warmth, deep feeling, and humor in his playing. In the 1960s and '70s, he worked with an array of leading jazzmen including Roland Kirk, Dexter Gordon, Kenny Dorham, Archie Shepp, and Ben Webster. By the early 1960's, he was recognized as one of Europe's top jazz musicians. He traveled around Europe, and landed the house pianist job at the Café Montmartre in Copenhagen. Upon his return to Spain he began to perform and record prolifically mainly for the Steeplechase label. He garnered quite a reputation as a reliable jazz virtuoso, and his services were repeatedly called upon by visiting American jazzmen....
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    1995

    Discmedi
    2007
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    T'estimo Tant... Piano Solo 28-03-1996

    Discmedi
    1999
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    Momentos Inolvidables De Una Vida

    Discmedi
    1997
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    Interpreta A Serrat Hoy

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    1996
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    En El Teatro Real

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    1996
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    Tete Montoliu Presenta Elia Fleta

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    1989
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    Music I Like To Play (Vol. 1)

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    1987
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