Category Archives: Instrumental Inspirations

All the posts in this category feature instrumentalists who have inspired and influenced other musicians. All these musicians have made significant contributions to the world of music.

Instrumental Inspirations: 5 Famous Jazz Piano Players

Wow that week went fast. This weeks Instrumental inspirations will focus on famous jazz piano players. I had a really hard time deciding what to cover this week but managed to make a decision. If you are waiting for your favorite instrument to come along, don’t worry I will get there.

Piano players often do not get the credit they deserve, especially those who specialized in jazz. The piano is an essential part of the jazz ensemble as a key player in the rhythm section. The 5 jazz piano players I am going to touch on today were great at everything they did, whether they were a part of the rhythm section in a band or playing solo. Please keep in mind that this is not a complete list, just a few of my favorites. I am pretty sure I will feel the urge to revisit piano players in the future, along with all the other instruments I feature in this blog.

The following Pianists will be featured:

  1. Count Basie: August 21st, 1904 – April 26th, 1984
  2. Art Tatum: October 13th, 1909 – November 5th, 1956
  3. Thelonious Monk: October 10th, 1917 – February 17th, 1982
  4. Oscar Petterson:  August 15th, 1925 РDecember 23rd, 2007
  5. Bill Evans: August 16th, 1929 – September 15th, 1980


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Instrumental Inspirations: Famous Jazz Trumpet Players of The Past

This post is the first of many posts dedicated to recognizing great musicians. Today I will be discussing famous jazz trumpet players and their contributions to the music world. It is probably not surprising that I have chosen to discuss trumpet players as my first post of Instrumental Inspirations. The trumpet is my primary instrument after all. The trumpet players I am about to discuss are all great inspirations to me. Many musicians have that special instrumentalist or instrumentalists that they turn to for inspiration. Perhaps some of the musicians discussed here today can give you the inspiration you need to get started.

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