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Horace Silver

Real Name:Horace Ward Martin Tavares Silver
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American jazz pianist, composer and bandleader, born September 2, 1928, in Norwalk, Connecticut, USA; died June 18, 2014 (age 85), in New Rochelle, New York, USA.

Son of John Tavares Silver (Silva), of Portuguese descent, born in the Cape Verde Islands, and Gertrude Silver, of New Canaan, Connecticut.

Pioneer of the hard bop style of jazz in the 1950s/1960s. Got first break backing Stan Getz in 1950 during a club date in Hartford, Connecticut. Soon relocated to New York, and made recording debut for Blue Note in 1952. In 1953, joined with Art Blakey to form a cooperative under their joint leadership. Recorded exclusively for Blue Note until the late 1970s, when he founded his own label, Silveto Records in 1980. Signed to Columbia Records in the early 1990s, suffered health problems though the 1990s, made final studio recording for Verve in 1998, briefly returned to performing in 2004, diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease in 2007.

Sites:web.archive.org , Wikipedia , bluenote.com , britannica.com , scaruffi.com , Imdb , jazzdisco.org , content.ucpress.edu , adp.library.ucsb.edu
In Groups:Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers, Art Blakey Quartet, Art Blakey Quintet, Art Farmer Gigi Gryce Quintet, Art Farmer Quintet, Clark Terry Septet, Coleman Hawkins Quintet, Hank Mobley And His All Stars, Hank Mobley Quartet, Hank Mobley Sextet, Horace Silver Quartet, Johnny Richards And His Orchestra, Kenny Clarke Septet, Kenny Dorham Nonet, Kenny Dorham Octet, Lester Young All-Stars Quintet, Lester Young And His Band, Lou Donaldson Quartet, Lou Donaldson Quintet, Miles Davis All Stars
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