Keith Jarrett is an American jazz and classical music pianist and composer. Jarrett started his career with Art Blakey, moving on to play with Charles Lloyd and Miles Davis. In 2003 Jarrett received the Polar Music Prize, the first recipient of both the contemporary and classical musician prizes. In 2008 he was inducted into the Down Beat Jazz Hall of Fame in the magazine’s 73rd Annual Readers’ Poll.
About Keith Jarrett in brief
Keith Jarrett is an American jazz and classical music pianist and composer. Jarrett started his career with Art Blakey, moving on to play with Charles Lloyd and Miles Davis. Since the early 1970s he has enjoyed a great deal of success as a group leader and a solo performer. In 2003 Jarrett received the Polar Music Prize, the first recipient of both the contemporary and classical musician prizes. In 2008 he was inducted into the Down Beat Jazz Hall of Fame in the magazine’s 73rd Annual Readers’ Poll. Jarrett has been unable to perform since suffering a stroke in February 2018, and a second stroke in May 2018, which left him partially paralyzed and unable toplay with his left hand. His album The Köln Concert became the best-selling piano recording in history. His improvisations draw from the traditions of jazz and other genres, especially Western classical music, gospel, blues, and ethnic folk music. He has recorded with Chick Corea, Ron McClure, Ron Haden and Paul Motian, and on some of the 1970s recordings of Miles Electric: A Kind of Blue and Bitches Brew. He also plays Fender Contempo electronic organ and Fender Fender Rhodes electric electric piano on some recordings of Corea and Corea on some 1970: Different Kinds of Blue recordings. He is married to the pianist/composer/violinist/singer/songwriter/saxophonist/producer/vocalist/multi-instrumentalist/soul singer/song writer/soprano/viola/sangeet/pianist/performer/songwriter/percussion/sinex/souza/piano/percussions.
He lives in New York City with his wife and three children. He and his family have three children, two sons, and one daughter. They have a son, a daughter, a son-in-law, and two step-daughters, all of whom are accomplished musicians. Jarrett is the son of Slovenian-Hungarian descent, from Prekmurje in Slovenia, and the father of mostly German descent. He was born on May 8, 1945, in Allentown, Pennsylvania, United States, to a mother of Slovenic descent and a father of mainly German descent, and grew up in suburban AllentOWN with significant early exposure to music. In his teens, as a student at Emmaus High School in Pennsylvania, Jarrett learned jazz and became proficient in it. He developed a strong interest in contemporary jazz; a Dave Brubeck performance was an early inspiration. He had an offer to study classical composition in Paris with Nadia Boulanger, an opportunity that pleased his mother but that Jarrett, already leaning toward jazz, decided to turn down. In 1968, Jarrett came with Jack DeJohnette to join The Charles Lloyd Quartet. The Quartet’s tours across America, Europe, and Moscow made Jarrett a popular musician in rock and jazz.