Horace Silver, top U.S. jazz musician, died at the age of 85


Horace Silver was an American jazz pianist and composer who died at  the age of 85 in the U.S. on June 18th 2014. His health had been worse for several years, but his death was not disclosed.

Silver started his career as a tenor saxophonist in Connecticut. But when he moved to New York in the 1950s he began playing piano.

In 1953, Silver and drummer Art Blakey teamed up to form the Jazz Messengers. Silver’s compositions became a key part of the band’s collection and helped define a musical era.

“His work as a pianist, composer, and leader of quintets became pivotal in the jazz of the late ’fifties,” jazz historian Martin Williams wrote in his 1970 book “The Jazz Tradition.”

Many of Mr. Silver’s tunes, including “Nica’s Dream,” “Dood­lin’,” “Señor Blues” and “Filthy McNasty,” have become the most common jazz music, recorded hundreds of times by others.

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Written by Ploydee year 7


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