Lennie Tristano

By Nick Castro

 

Lennie Tristano was an innovator of jazz piano, born of Italian immigrants, who was born blind in Chicago, IL, in 1919. When he became a juvenile he began his studies of piano seriously with his mother, who was an opera singer and pianist, and later he attended school at the American Conservatory of Music in Chicago. Tristano would have a successful career in jazz but it seemed his main passion was in teaching and was in this endeavor that he would also have a huge influence on jazz players for years to come.

 

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