Bud Powell, pianist
birth name: Earl Rudolph Powell

Bud Powell

September 27, 1924, Harlem, New York, NY ~ July 31, 1966, New York, NY

Along with Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie, Powell was a key player in the development of bebop, and his virtuosity as a pianist led many to call him the Charlie Parker of the piano. ~ Wikipedia: Bud Powell ~ retrieved July 30, 2013 © Wikipedia

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September 27, 1969 ~ Billboard Hot 100 ~ #3 (2) The Rolling Stones, Honky Tonk Women ~ #2 (3) Creedence Clearwater Revival, Green River ~ #1 (1) The Archies, Sugar Sugar


Playing with Williams helped Powell make a name for himself on the Harlem jam session scene, where he met Thelonious Monk, who became his close friend. Monk immortalized Powell with his composition In Walked Bud. In 1946, Powell recorded with tenor saxophonist Dexter Gordon. These sessions have been issued under a variety of names including Long Tall Dexter and Dexter Rides Again. Also playing on this session are drummer Max Roach and bassist Curley Russell. That same year, Powell recorded with singer Sarah Vaughan and the Tadd Dameron Orchestra as well as with trombonist J.J. Johnson's Beboppers, which featured Max Roach on drums and Leonard Gaskin on bass. Powell stayed busy throughout 1946, performing and recording with trumpeter Kenny Dorham, saxophonist Sonny Stitt, drummer Kenny Clarke, and trumpeter Fats Navarro. Powell first recorded as a leader in 1947, releasing The Bud Powell Trio with drummer Max Roach and bassist Curley Russell, which featured such songs as Bud’s Bubble. The album brought Powell popular acclaim, and has proven to be one of his most enduring recordings. ~ Bop Piano: Bud Powell ~ November 29, 2012 © Bop Piano

Bud Powell has not received as much public recognition as some of his contemporaries. Nevertheless his fellow musicians were in awe of his creativity and skill, which in his prime were considered almost superhuman. ~ All about Jazz: Bud Powell ~ retrieved July 30, 2013 © All About Jazz

Bud Powell ~ Inducted in the 1991 Big Band And Jazz Hall Of Fame.

Bud Powell ~ The Genius Of Bud Powell (1956) ~ Ranked #26 Jazzwise 100 Jazz Albums That Shook The World in 2006 ~ The level of invention Powell achieves puts this recital on equal par with anything in the recorded annals of jazz piano and makes it basic required jazz listening. ~ 2006 © Jazzwise

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