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Bill Evans is best known for his jazz piano work on Miles Davis' Kind of Blue and many other records.
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Bill Evans was born August 16, 1929, in Plainfield, New Jersey. Evans was first taught the piano by his mother, before moving to New York City to play. He moved quickly into the scene after returning from the Army, recording with Miles Davis on the 1958 album Kind of Blue. He continued influencing the jazz pianist scene into the 1970's.
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With its roots in the blues, jazz has been referred to as America's classical music, yet has also become a major global phenomenon, branching off into a variety of forms. Earlier pioneers like Scott Joplin and Jelly Roll Morton paved the way for the swinging big-band sounds of Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington. In contrast, contemporaries Dizzie Gillespie, Charlie Parker and Thelonious Monk developed bebop, with its speedy, dissonant harmonies and improvisations. And Miles Davis heralded the birth of cool jazz, modal jazz and fusion at different points in his career. Famous jazz instrumentalists have tended to be male, yet women have been at the forefront of the genre when it comes to vocalization, from the brassy blues of Bessie Smith to the haunting eclecticism of Nina Simone.
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