Music Gear News

At Gear4music.com we update our news channel daily to ensure you always get the latest and most important music news.

Jazz pianist's breakthrough at 85

A jazz piano player has recorded his first studio album at the age of 85.
Jazz pianist records album at 85
A jazz pianist who taught himself the tricks of the trade on a busted old piano has recorded his first studio album at the age of 85.

Boyd Lee Dunlop started practising on a wrecked piano that had been left out on the streets of New York in the 30s, managing to perfect his skills even though half the keys were out of order.

It was only when Dunlop moved into a nursing home that everything fell into place – he came across another run-down piano.

A chance encounter with a photographer changed everything.

Brendan Brannon was keen to shoot some snaps at the home, but after hearing Dunlop play, talked to some contacts and engineered a recording.

"Boyd was sitting down in the waiting area also, and we struck up a conversation really quickly," Mr Bannon told NPR Music.

"He told me about his piano playing and invited me down to the cafeteria to listen to him play. I looked at the piano, and there were keys broken off of it ... It didn't look well. But Boyd was wrestling some beautiful sounds out of it."

Dunlop's debut album is entitled Boyd's Blues.

Posted by KTADNFCR-2133-ID-801235896-ADNFCR Posted on 12 Dec 2011 18:09 to category : Instruments News

Related Music News

thumbnail

With new windows drivers installed and great savings to be made on selected models, Focusrite are giving you more and more reasons to be merry this Christmas

1 Dec 2016 14:51
thumbnail

Recent studies have shown that music can improve mental abilities whilst also helping to heal victims of brain damage

25 Nov 2016 15:39
thumbnail

A luxurious digital piano designed to faithfully recreate the sound of a grand acoustic piano, the Casio Celviano GP-300 is the perfect tool of expression for the discerning pianist

24 Nov 2016 11:44
thumbnail

Offering up to £80 off on the Kontrol Series whilst slashing the price of Komplete Audio 6 to £149, get your chance to use the worlds leading hardware at an incredibly discounted price

24 Nov 2016 11:02
thumbnail

Buy Reason between November 24th and December 31st and get £350 worth of the best selling instrument and effect rack plugins for free!

24 Nov 2016 09:40
thumbnail

Considered one of the go to beginner kits, the Mapex Tornado offers high quality performance at a fraction of the price

23 Nov 2016 08:56

Recent Music News

thumbnail

Straight from the 90's, the legendary synth has been given a modern makeover to make it more versatile than ever

1 Dec 2016 12:48
thumbnail

Those who purchase a Zen Tour, Zen Studio, Orion Studio, Orion 32, Orion 32 or Goliath interface will be eligible to receive a free copy of PreSonus' Studio One

30 Nov 2016 10:42
thumbnail

With thousands of new presets and a vast array of functions, the Predator 2 brings next level sound quality and user defined audio manipulation to the players immediate disposal

29 Nov 2016 15:53
thumbnail

With a new arpeggiator and synthesizer at the users disposal, several user requested updates provide the player with more versatility than ever before

29 Nov 2016 14:51
thumbnail

A limited time edition of the Akai MPK Mini MK 2, the white equivalent operates as an eye catching alternative that looks as good as it sounds.

28 Nov 2016 15:37
thumbnail

Bursting with a number of great features, the Celviano Grand Hybrid offers the player unparalleled performance and unprecedented tone

28 Nov 2016 15:06