This week one of my favorite jazz musicians passed away. Pianist and cool dad Horace Silver died on June 18 at age 85. Silver’s greatest album was dedicated to his father, Songs For My Father. If you are not familiar, it pushed the envelope of straight ahead jazz by creating a smoother sound which would be a precursor for the smooth jazz genre. That was not his only contribution he also kept it funky and bluesy with his group the Jazz Messengers.
Silver’s life changed at the age of 11 when his dad allowed him to stay up late and catch a live performance of a swing band. He told his dad, “I want to become a famous jazz musician. But whether I become a famous jazz musician or not, I just want to play music. If I play in just a local bar all my life — I just want to play music. That’s all I want to do.”
Salute RIP Horace Silver #FatherhoodFriday #DadsRule #History