Joey Alexander a talented 11-year old pianist who has a bright future ahead of him

Music from the Emerald of the Equator

Indonesia has thousands of islands, each with its own story. The country also has a rich folk music tradition, showcasing the diversity of dialects and languages heard across the various regions of Indonesia. As of late, the nation has also developed a jazz tradition. Indonesia has some very talented jazz musicians, one being Indra Lesmana. [...]

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Jazz Influenced: D’Angelo

Michael Eugene Archer was born on February 11, 1974, in Richmond, Virginia. Archer was raised in a devout Pentecostal home, the son of a Pentecostal preacher at their local church. At age three, Archer was seen around his home playing their piano, and later began to play the Hammond organ for his father’s church; according [...]

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Jazz Influenced: Ben Folds

Here we are! Berkleejazz is also continuing our Jazz Influenced series, where we take a look at more mainstream artists and their background and influences rooted in jazz. We’re starting back up with Ben Folds, a popular singer/songwriter, producer, and front man of Ben Folds Five. His music has been defined in several different ways: [...]

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Jazz Influenced- Jeff Beck

Geoffrey Arnold (Jeff) Beck was born on June 24th of 1944 in Wallington, England. His first exposure to the electric guitar was at six years old: he heard Les Paul play “How High The Moon,” a moment he describes as the beginning of his musicianship. Les Paul and other blues artists such as B.B. King [...]

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Jazz Influenced- Corinne Bailey Rae

Corinne Bailey Rae (born as Corrine Jacqueline Bailey) was born on the 29th of February, 1979 in Leeds, West Yorkshire (North England). Her deep love for music began to grow as a result of her learning classical violin in school and singing along with services in church.  In her teenage years she developed a great [...]

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Jazz Influenced- Andrew Bird

  Andrew Wegman Bird was born July 11th, 1973 in Chicago, Illinois. Trained in the Suzuki method of violin from the age of four, Bird studied violin at Northwestern University, graduating in 1996. This virtuosic multi-instrumentalist utilizes specific techniques to mold his sound: a loop pedal, a violin, a guitar, some whistling and singing, and [...]

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Jazz Influenced- Norah Jones

Geethali Norah Jones Shankar was born on March 30th of 1979, the daughter of Robbie Shankar (the famous sitar player) and concert producer Sue Jones. She moved from NYC to Texas in 1986 and grew up there with her mom. Showing an affinity for music very early on, by high school she was playing both [...]

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Jazz Influenced – Jamie Cullum

Jamie Cullum was born on August 20th, 1979 in Rochford, UK. By the time he was 8, Jamie was playing both piano and guitar, and by his teens he was frequenting in various rock bands, adding drumming to his eclectic skill set. Little known, his gateway to jazz originated in hip-hop, from which he traced [...]

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Jazz Influenced – Steely Dan

Donald Fagen and Walter Becker, collectively known as Steely Dan, are two men of flourishing but refined musical taste.

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Jazz Influenced – Stevie Wonder

Steveland Hardaway Judkins Morris was born May 13th, 1950 in Saginaw, Michigan.  Because of his six-week premature birth, the blood vessels didn’t develop to the front of his eyes resulting in detached retinas and blindness from a very young age.

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