Jimmy Rowles - the 1900's
from The Great Jazz Pianists: Speaking of Their Lives and Music, page 152:
What was you early background on the piano?
I used to listen to my mother, who could play be ear, and I imitated her and started playing by ear myself [...] What changed me was listening to Guy Lombardo's pianist. In fact, I liked his whole orchestra [...]
The next step was while I was studying at Gonzaga, where I met Don Brown, a Blackfoot Indian and a real genius. He forced me to listen to Teddy Wilson, and I resisted at first because I thought I knew what I wanted. But after about four bars I said to myself, "That's it! That's the way I want to play piano!"
Len Lyons, The Great Jazz Pianists: Speaking of Their Lives and Music (New York, ), p. 152. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1431094102371 accessed: 1 December, 2023
Listening tohide composers
|piano music||performed by Jimmy Rowles' mother, unknown piano player, Teddy Wilson|
|Listening Environment||in the company of others, indoors|