RIP Andre Previn

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Pianist (in both classical and jazz), composer, conductor Andre Previn has left the world at 89. Born in Germany as Prewin, his Jewish family fled first to Paris and then finally Los Angeles to escape the Nazis. Once in LA, he started his piano career in Hollywood. He moved easily among styles, winning awards for writing and performing film scores (4 Oscars) and for both classical and jazz recordings (10 Grammys) over the course of his long career. Alas, his relationship track record was somewhat spottier, with 5 marriages over the course of his life.
 

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So, I could have kicked this off when one of Previn's film scores or classical recordings. But, I have become very fond of jazz in the latter part of my life and Previn was right up there with the likes of Art Tatum and Oscar Peterson when it came to jazz piano, so I shall start there.


 

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Of course, the man was also one of the greats on the classical podium.




And combining his talents by conducting the orchestra for his own performance of a Mozart concerto.

 
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