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WDKX.com » Blog » Hard Bop Jazz Icon Horace Silver Dead At 85
Jun 23rd 2014 8:14 am
Hard Bop Jazz Icon Horace Silver Dead At 85
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Born September 2, 1928, in Norwalk, Conn., and discovered by jazz icon Stan Getz in 1950, Silver's autobiography, "Let's Get To The Nitty Gritty" made mention of the fact that his father was his earliest musical influence and that he "played violin, guitar, and mandolin, strictly by ear."

Silver got his jazz jumpstart by playing tenor sax at various clubs in his home state. He eventually made a musical instrument switch to piano in the 1950s and decided to make his way to the New York City jazz scene to play at clubs there. The prolific composer landed with the famed Art Blakely & The Jazz Messengers when he was 25-years old, and with his creative contributions, their music incorporated blues and gospel in to a genre that evolved into bebop. Silver wrote all but one song on the group's first hard bop album.