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Origin:
New York, NY, USA
Decades:
1942-present

Lenore Raphael (born Lenore Hyams 1 June 1942 New York City) is a jazz pianist and educator heavily influenced by Oscar Peterson.

Raphael studied classical music at the High School of Music & Art in Manhattan, going on to New York University where she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in music. As a teenage prodigy, she performed in a classical concert at Carnegie Hall. She gave up a career as a music teacher and switched to playing jazz professionally after hearing Oscar Peterson in concert. She studied jazz piano under Barry Harris and Mike Longo. She has performed with Lionel Hampton, Ken Peplowski, Illinois Jacquet and Clark Terry.

A composer as well as performer, her tribute tune to Oscar Peterson following his death (Blues for OP) premièred at a memorial concert for Peterson at the[International Association for Jazz Convention in Toronto. Her compositions also include the jazz standard Johnny Jazz.


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