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The piano the grand daddy of jazz

Where would jazz music be without the influence of the piano? It is the equivalent of the elder statesman of jazz which demands the upmost respect. It can play melody, harmony and bass, making it capable of functioning as both an accompanying, as well as a lead instrument. Apart from that, it is a magnificent solo instrument. If that's not enough we can also see that as jazz piano music developed, the rhythm possibilities improved enormously, making this instrument sound like a full orchestra. Throughout the history of jazz there have been many pianists who have produced fine examples of piano jazz and we could spend many hours debating who the best is.

 For me, the one who shall enter the HOF first would be Bud Powell one of the most influential jazz pianists of all time, and the first pianist to begin to experiment with the bebop style. His style came from the famous jazz horn players of the time, most notably Charlie Parker, with whom he worked withBud-Powell on several occasions and also had a long standing rivalry and competed with constantly. The most amazing thing about Powell's musical career was that he able to be such an outstanding player and so influential, despite suffering from many mental problems including schizophrenia. He spent almost a third of his adult life locked away in mental institutions. Most of his career was spent playing in the jazz nightclubs of New York City, although he did spend four years playing in front of adoring audiences in Paris towards the end of his career.

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