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John Lewis

A founding member of the Modern Jazz Quartet, the pianist-composer John Lewis also maintained an active solo career apart from that celebrated group. Lewis first emerged on the bebop scene in the mid-'40s, playing with Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, and Miles Davis, arranging several pieces for the latter's Birth Of The Cool sessions in 1949. Lewis then formed the MJQ with vibraphonist Milt Jackson in 1951, composing, arranging, and playing for the ensemble till its official disbanding in 1974.… Show more

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