Horace Silver

Jazz Pianist Horace Silver Dies At 85

Monday, June 23rd, 2014

Jazz pianist Horace Silver passed away on June 18. He was 85 years old. The cause of death has not been revealed.

The Westchester County Medical Examiner’s Office confirmed Horace’s death on June 18 in New Rochelle, New York, ABC News reports.

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.

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