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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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Discography

A Matter of Black and White

A Matter of Black and...

HighNote Records
2011

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Sunshine of My Soul: Live at the Keystone Korner

Sunshine of My Soul:...

HighNote Records
2008

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The Last From Lennie's

The Last From Lennie's

Prestige Records
2004

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The Last From Lennie's

The Last From Lennie's

Prestige Records
2003

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Sunshine of My Soul

Sunshine of My Soul

Fantasy Jazz
2001

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Family Man

32 Records
2000

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