Jimmy Rowles

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Jimmy Rowles (born August 19, 1918 in Spokane , Washington , † May 28, 1996 in Los Angeles , California ) was an American jazz pianist and composer .

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Born James George Hunter, Rowles later received his stepfather's name. Rowles studied at the University of Washington in Seattle . In 1940 he went to Los Angeles, where he worked with Slim Gaillard , Lester Young , Benny Goodman and Woody Herman . After military service, he returned to Hermans Band ( First Herd ) and Goodman, and also performed with Les Brown and Tommy Dorsey .

In the 1950s and 1960s he mainly worked as a studio musician and was best known as a companion to Billie Holiday (as with their album Music for Torching ) and Peggy Lee . In 1973 he moved to New York City , where he a. a. Recorded duets with Stan Getz . After working with Ella Fitzgerald (touring 1981 to 1983), he returned to California to perform primarily in nightclubs.

Originally known as a companion with an inexhaustible repertoire, musicians such as Henry Mancini and Tony Bennett also valued it for its voluminous sound. His song The Peacocks , immortalized in the feature film Round Midnight , became a jazz standard . Wayne Shorter , whose ballad style absorbed many of Rowles 'ideas, interpreted his "502 Blues (Drinkin' and Drivin") "on his Blue Note album Adam's Apple (1966). Stacy Rowles , his daughter, became known as a flugelhorn player.

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