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Cedar Walton 1934-2013

Cedar Walton
Aug 20, 2013 Updated Jun 25, 2014

Jazz pianist Cedar Walton, one of the leading figures in the post-bop era, has died in Brooklyn at the age of 79.

Walton, originally from Texas, moved to New York in his early 20s.  After a brief military service he continued his career in the Big Apple, playing as a sideman with the likes of J.J. Johnson, Benny Golson and Kenny Dorham.

In the early 1960s he joined the Jazz Messengers, and was Art Blakey's pianist and arranger alongside trumpet player Freddie Hubbard and saxophonist Wayne Shorter.

In the late 1960s he joined the house rhythm section for Prestige Records and went on to play with many notable musicians during that era.  His tunes 'Bolivia', 'Ugestsu' and 'Firm Roots' remain in the standard jazz vocabulary.

Cedar Walton died in his Brooklyn home on August 19, 2013, aged 79.

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Cedar Anthony Walton, Junior (born January 17, 1934) is an American hard bop jazz pianist.

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