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American jazz pianist and composer John Lewis was a member of the Modern Jazz Quartet, one of the longest-lived and best-received groups in jazz history.
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John Lewis was born May 3, 1920, in La Grange, Illinois. He worked as a pianist with Dizzy Gillespie, arranging music for Gillespie's big band. His restrained piano style, which was influenced by classical music, made him a highly sought-after sideman, and he worked with Miles Davis, Charlie Parker, Lester Young, and Illinois Jacquet. In 1952 Lewis became the leader of the Modern Jazz Quartet.
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