Paul Motian


Born: 25 March 1931

Died: 22 November 2011

Years Active: 50, 60, 70, 90, 2000

Genres: Jazz, Stage & Screen

Styles: Post-Bop, Hard Bop, Modal Music, Avant-Garde Jazz, Free Jazz, Cast Recordings, Musical Theater

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A masterfully subtle drummer and a superb colorist, Paul Motian is also an advanced improviser and a bandleader with a taste for challenging post-bop. Born Stephen Paul Motian in Philadelphia on March 25, 1931, he grew up in Providence and began playing the drums at age 12, eventually touring New England in a swing band. He moved to New York in 1955 and played with numerous musicians -- including Thelonious Monk, Lennie Tristano, Coleman Hawkins, Tony Scott, and George Russell -- before settling into a regular role as part of Bill Evans' most f...


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