Ahmad Jamal

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About Ahmad Jamal

Renowned jazz artist who led small groups for decades and was pivotal in the post-1945 evolution of the genre.

Early life

He started playing around on the piano at age three and began his formal studies at seven.

Trivia

His Live at the Pershing recording became one of his most popular albums.

Family of Ahmad Jamal

His family was residing in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, when he was born. He graduated from George Westinghouse High School.

Close associates of Ahmad Jamal

His impact on jazz, critics say, was second only to Charlie Parker.

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Adele Aus der Ohe

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About Adele Aus der Ohe

German pianist and composer whose prowess amazed some of history’s greatest, including Tchaikovsky and Franz Liszt.

Early life

Her talent moved American pianist and chronicler Amy Fay to call her “a little fairy of a scholar.” Fay declared her rendition of a Beethoven concerto to be perfect.

Trivia

She played for Tchaikovsky’s final concert in St. Petersburg. At this concert, the Pathetique Symphony was unveiled.

Family of Adele Aus der Ohe

She married Hungarian conductor Anton Seidl.

Close associates of Adele Aus der Ohe

She studied with Franz Liszt for seven years, beginning at age 12, one of the only child prodigies whose talents and potential he embraced.

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Adele Marcus

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About Adele Marcus

Skilled pianist whose fame stemmed from her mentorship of several future renowned pianists.

Early life

She was taught by Artur Schnabel and Josef Lhevinne.

Trivia

She taught at The Juilliard School and the American Conservatory of Music in Chicago.

Family of Adele Marcus

She was 13th of 13 children. Her father was a rabbi of Russian heritage.

Close associates of Adele Marcus

She taught future pop sensation Neil Sedaka.

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Abbey Simon

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About Abbey Simon

Classical musician who was greatly admired as a master supervirtuoso.

Early life

He won the 1940 Naumburg International Piano Competition.

Trivia

He recorded the complete piano works of Rachmaninoff, Chopin, and Ravel, and a large percentage of Brahms’ and Schumann’s works.

Family of Abbey Simon

He began taking lessons at five from David Saperton, and he was given a scholarship by Josef Hofmann when he was eight to Philadelphia’s Curtis Institute of Music.

Close associates of Abbey Simon

He and Chick Corea both became internationally recognized pianists.

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Barry Goldberg

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About Barry Goldberg

American blues keyboardist, songwriter, and producer, known for albums like 1966’s Blowing My Mind and for his collaborations with artists like Bob Dylan.

Early life

He sat in as a sideman for renowned blues musicians like Otis Rush while still a teenager.

Trivia

He wrote and performed the theme for the Disney Channel movie Smart House, This House is Jumpin’, in 1999.

Family of Barry Goldberg

His uncle was Supreme Court Justice Arthur Goldberg.

Close associates of Barry Goldberg

He performed with Bob Dylan at the folk rock legend’s infamous electric performance at the Newport Folk Festival in 1965.

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Cyprien Katsaris

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About Cyprien Katsaris

Known for the numerous recordings he made of rarer pieces, such as Das Lied von der Erde by Gustav Mahler.

Early life

He was a student at the Paris Conservatoire. He was awarded the First Prize in piano in 1969.

Trivia

He suffered a brain stroke while performing at a Berlin recital in October 2012. He credited his faith in the principles of Scientology for his rapid recovery.

Family of Cyprien Katsaris

He was born in Marseilles, France, but grew up in Cameroon.

Close associates of Cyprien Katsaris

He performed Franz Liszt ‘s Hungarian Fantasy at his first public concert in May 1966.

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