CEDAR WALTON was an American hard bop jazz pianist.
He came to prominence as a member of drummer Art Blakey's band before establishing a long career as a bandleader and composer. Several of his compositions have become jazz standards, including "Mosaic", "Bolivia", "Holy Land," "Mode for Joe" and "Ugetsu", also known as "Fantasy in D".
Walton was born and grew up in Dallas, Texas. His mother Ruth was an aspiring concert pianist, and was Walton's initial teacher. She also took him to jazz performances around Dallas. Walton cited Nat King Cole, Bud Powell, Thelonious Monk and Art Tatum as his major influences on piano. He began emulating recordings of these artists from an early age. In January 2010, Walton was inducted as a member of the National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Masters. After a brief illness, Walton died on August 19, 2013, at his home in Brooklyn, New York, at the age of 79.
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