Bud Powell

Knowledge Identifier: +Bud_Powell


Bud Powell

American jazz pianistadd

Category: Music (655)

Born in 1924.

Countries: United States (76%), France (12%), (6%)

Education: undef.

Main connections: Charlie Parker, Lester Young, Max Roach

Linked to: Columbia Records, Mercury Records




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Bud Powell was born in 1924 add something


Bud's older brother, William, played the trumpet, and by age 15, Bud was playing in his band add something


Powell was the pianist on a handful of Williams's recording dates in 1944, the last of which included the first-ever recording of Monk's "'Round Midnight". add something


His tenure with Williams was terminated one night in January 1945, when he got separated from the band after a Philadelphia dance engagement and was apprehended, drunk, by railroad police inside a station. add something


Charlie Parker - It was not until 1945, when the recording ban was lifted, that Parker's collaborations with Dizzy Gillespie, Max Roach, Bud Powell and others had a substantial effect on the jazz world.


The Parker session aside, Powell was inactive for most of 1947. add something


Powell's career advanced when Charlie Parker chose him to be his pianist on a quintet record date, with Miles Davis, Tommy Potter, and Max Roach in May 1947. add something


Bebop's and Powell's increased visibility by the end of 1948, the latter's celebrity seemingly having accelerated in anticipation of his release, made plain as well that he had a serious problem with alcohol. add something


From February to April 1948, he received electroconvulsive therapy, first administered after an outburst deemed to be uncontrollable. add something


It is generally agreed that from 1949 through 1953 Powell made his best recordings, most of which were for Alfred Lion of Blue Note Records and for Norman Granz of Mercury, Norgran, and Clef. add something


Nonetheless, after another hospitalization in early 1949, Powell soon attained the greatest artistic height that he ever would reach. add something


The Complete Bud Powell on Verve - Five discs, sessions from 1949 to 1956. add something


The first Blue Note session, in August 1949, features Fats Navarro, Sonny Rollins, Powell, Tommy Potter and Roy Haynes, and the compositions "Bouncing with Bud" and "Dance of the Infidels". add something


John Ore - In the 1950s, he worked with Tiny Grimes, George Wallington, Lester Young, Ben Webster, Coleman Hawkins, Elmo Hope, Bud Powell and Freddie Redd


Powell recorded for both Blue Note and Granz throughout the fifties, interrupted by another long stay in a mental hospital from late 1951 to early 1953, following arrest for possession of marijuana. add something


Sonny Rollins - J. Johnson and Bud Powell what would later be called "hard bop", with Miles Davis in 1951, with the Modern Jazz Quartet and with Thelonious Monk in 1953, but the breakthrough arrived in 1954 when he recorded his famous compositions "Oleo" "Airegin" and "Doxy" with a quintet led by Davis.


Thelonious Monk - In August 1951, New York City police searched a parked car occupied by Monk and friend Bud Powell.


A 1953 trio session for Blue Note included Powell's composition "Glass Enclosure", inspired by his near-imprisonment in Goodstein's apartment. add something


George Duvivier - He was Bud Powell's bassist in the year of 1953, during the monumental sessions for "The Amazing Bud Powell, Vol. 2", for which he contributed arrangements


Charlie Parker - In 1953, Parker performed at Massey Hall in Toronto, Canada, joined by Gillespie, Mingus, Bud Powell and Max Roach.


Elvin Jones - He moved to New York in 1955 and worked as a sideman for Charles Mingus, Teddy Charles, Bud Powell and Miles Davis


In 1956, his brother Richie was killed in a car crash alongside Clifford Brown. add something


After several further spells in hospital, Powell moved to Paris in 1959, in the company of Altevia "Buttercup" Edwards, whom he'd met after an incarceration in 1954. add something


Alice Coltrane - Leod studied classical music, and jazz with Bud Powell in Paris, France, where she worked as the intermission pianist at the Blue Note Club in 1960.


In December 1961, he recorded two albums for Columbia Records under the aegis of Cannonball Adderley: A Portrait of Thelonious, and A Tribute to Cannonball (with the addition of Don Byas and Idrees Sulieman¬ódespite the title, Adderley only plays on one alternate take). add something


Eventually Powell was befriended by Francis Paudras, a commercial artist and amateur pianist, and Powell moved into Paudras's home in 1962. add something


In 1963, Powell contracted tuberculosis, and the following year returned to New York with Paudras for a return engagement at Birdland. add something


There was a brief return to Blue Note in 1963, when Dexter Gordon recorded Our Man in Paris for the label. add something


In 1965, Powell played only two concerts: one a disastrous performance at Carnegie Hall, the other a tribute to Charlie Parker on May 1 with other performers on the bill, including Albert Ayler. add something


Bud Powell died in 1966 add something


The first album was released shortly after Powell's death, and the second was released in the late 1970s add something


In 1986 Paudras wrote a book about his friendship with Powell, translated into English in 1997 as "Dance of the Infidels: A Portrait of Bud Powell" add something


Dexter Gordon - In 1986, Gordon starred in the movie Round Midnight as 'Dale Turner', an expatriate jazz musician much like himself; the role might even be a thinly veiled biography of him, though Lester Young and Bud Powell were its main inspirations.


In February 2012 a biography titled "Wail: The Life of Bud Powell" by Peter Pullman was released as an ebook on Nook and Kindle add something