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Today we’re listening to Wynton Kelly, a jazz pianist and composer from Brooklyn. Born in 1931, Kelly first laid down a piano recording at age 16 on a track called “Cornbread,” which topped the Billboard R&B chart.1 He formed his own trio and recorded a number of cool jazz albums for a variety of labels, including Blue Note.2 We’re playing two of those: Kelly Blue from 1959 and Piano from 1958. You may recognize Kelly’s piano style from his appearance on “Freddie Freeloader” off of Miles Davis’s Kind of Blue.3
Have a great Thursday.