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Horace Silver: Iconic Jazz Pianist Dies At 85

Fri, June 20, 2014 9:31am EDT by Add first Comment
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So sad. Horace Silver, a beloved American jazz pianist passed away on June 18 at the age of 85.

Horace Silver, best known for his work as a jazz pianist and his trailblazing efforts in jazz music, passed away on June 18. He was 85 years old.

Horace Silver Dies At 85

The jazz musician passed away on June 18 at the age of 85.

The Westchester County Medical Examiner’s Office confirmed Horace’s death on June 18 in New Rochelle, New York, ABC News reports. The cause of death has not been revealed.

Horace was born September 2, 1928 in Norwalk, Conn. He began to gain notoriety at just 21 when esteemed saxophone player Stan Getz insisted Horace join a rhythm section for a one-off.

The jazz pianist was nominated for three Grammys over the course of his career.

Horace was heavily influential in the the jazz music industry in the 1950s and 1960s. He released popular albums such as “Six Pieces of Silver” in 1956 and “Blowin’ The Blues Away” in 1959. He is distinctly known for his hard bop sound and songs such as “The Preacher” and “Filthy McNasty” experimented with the mixture of jazz and other additional sounds.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to Horace’s family and friends. He will be missed.

— Avery Thompson

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