Horace Silver

Horace Silver Dies

NPR reports on the death of the legendary jazz pianist, who was 85

by #teamEBONY, June 18, 2014

Horace Silver

Horace Silver

Legendary jazz pianist Horace Silver dies at 85. 

Pianist and composer Horace Silver, who created a rhythmic jazz known as "hard bop" that combined R&B and gospel to go along with his eclectic style of piano playing, has died at age 85, his son confirms.

Silver began as a tenor saxophonist playing in clubs in his native Connecticut, where he was discovered by Stan Getz. He moved to New York in the 1950s, where he switched to piano, formed a trio, and began performing at the Blue Note Jazz Club. He eventually signed on with Blue Note and stuck with the iconic label until the 1980s. Silver performed not only with Getz, but also Lester Young, Miles Davis and Art Blakey.

Bassist Christian McBride told NPR in 2008 that Silver's music had long been his favorite.

"Horace Silver's music has always represented what jazz musicians preach but don't necessarily practice, and that's simplicity," McBride said. "It sticks to the memory; it's very singable. It gets in your blood easily; you can comprehend it easily. It's very rooted, very soulful."

Read it at NPR.



(Top Stories on Our Sister Site)

"Beyonce: Life is But a Dream" HBO New York City Premiere -Arrivals

Shop/LIFT: Beyoncé

by Aniesia Williams

Stay in the Know
Sign up for the Ebony Newsletter