Sunday, August 19, 2018

Jimmy Rowles 100th Birthday

Today (August 19, 2018) would have been American Jazz legend Jimmy Rowles' 100th birthday. He worked with Benny Goodman, Woody Herman, Les Brown, Tommy Dorsey, Tony Bennett, Billie Holiday and Peggy Lee, Ella Fitzgerald, Diana Krall and more as a studio musician.

We asked local musicians for their thoughts on this amazing performer:

Rob Reed

Love his alternate chords and complex stylings as featured here his rendition of These Foolish Things. Such a talent.
Amy Dinino (Cootes Paradise)
Any musician who writes a song that becomes a standard in the jazz world has got it going on. Rowles was also one of Ella Fitzgerald's favourite pianists and sideman, which speaks volumes on its own. He had an uncanny ability to support other musicians in the most sensitive and artistic way - with making them sound as good as possible of the utmost importance. Jimmy truly served the music.

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