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Jimmy Rowles


JIMMY ROWLES (pianist) was born James G. Rowles on August 19, 1918 in Spokane, Washington and passed away May 28, 1996. Rowles’ lyrical style made him a sought after accompanist, performing and recording frequently with Billie Holliday in the 1940s and 50s, Peggy Lee in the 1950s and 60s and Ella Fitzgerald’s in the 1980s. Rowles also encouraged young pianist Diana Krall to develop her singing abilities. A five-time Grammy nominee, Rowles worked as a sideman with Lester Young, Ben Webster and Benny Carter.