O pianista de jazz Joseph Albani, conhecido como Joe Albany, nasceu no 24 de janeiro de 1924 em Atlantic City, Nova Jersey. Joe estudou piano desde criança e em 1943 foi para Costa Oeste tocar na orquestra de Benny Carter. Foi um dos poucos músicos brancos a acompanhar o saxofonista Charlie Parker. Ele também tocou com Miles Davis.
Durante a carreira musical trabalhou com vários nomes do jazz, e na vida pessoal, muito complicada, envolveu-se com heroína, passou um tempo recluso na Europa e acabou por se casar várias vezes.
Um documentário de 1980 "Joe Albany.. a Jazz Life" e o livro "Low Down, Junk, Jazz and other Fairy Tales from Childhood" escrito por sua filha, Amy Jo, contam a sua história.
Jope Albany faleceu em New York City em 1988.
Joe Albany toca o clássico "Al The Things You Are"
Jazz pianist Joseph Albani, known as "Joe Albany", was born on January 24th, 1924, in Atlantic City, New Jersey, and studied piano as a child and by 1943 he was working on the West Coast in Benny Carter's orchestra. It is remarked on his being among the few white pianists to have played bebop with Charlie Parker. He also played with Miles Davies.
He continued for a few years afterward and was on an album by Warne Marsh album in 1958. Despite that, most of the 1950s and 1960s saw him battling a heroin addiction or living in seclusion in Europe. He also had several unsuccessful marriages in the period. He returned to jazz in the 1970s and produced a few albums.
He was the focus of a documentary in 1980 titled "Joe Albany ... A Jazz Life" and his daughter Amy Jo "AJ" wrote the memoir "Low Down: Junk, Jazz, and Other Fairy Tales From Childhood" concerning him. The book received favorable reviews.
Joe Albany passed away in New York City, in 1988.
Referencia - Jazzmusic
Tradução de Humberto Amorim