Keith Jarrett Solo Piano at Umbria, 1974

Keith Jarrett, piano. Born May 8, 1945, Allentown.
• He is the oldest of five boys in the family.
• Brother Chris is a pianist who lives in Germany.
• Brother Scott is a producer and musician with two CDs.
• Keith played his first public concert to paying customers at the age of six.
• He had an offer to study with legendary composer Nadia Boulanger in Paris.
• Attended Berklee College of Music for one year before he was kicked out.
• Jarrett plays harpsichord, clavichord, organ, soprano saxophone, drums and other instruments.
• His solo piano album, «The Koln Concert,» is thought to be the best-selling solo piano release of all time. It was recorded in 1975 at the Cologne Opera House in Germany.
• Jarrett has not won a Grammy Award.
• Jarrett is notoriously intolerant of audience noise, including coughing and other involuntary sounds, especially during solo improvised performances. He feels that extraneous noise affects his musical inspiration.
• In the late 1990s, Jarrett was diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome and was confined to his home for long periods of time.
• In his youth, Jarrett toured with Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers and the Charles Lloyd Quartet. He then led his own trio with Charlie Haden and Paul Motian.
• In the early 1970s, Jarrett was a member of Miles Davis’ electric fusion group. After that, he focused on acoustic music as a solo artist and as a leader.
• He joined ECM records in 1971, producing more than 60 releases on the label.
• He has worked 25 years with a trio that includes bassist Gary Peacock and drummer Jack DeJohnette.

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