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Editor’s Pick #184: Glass Bone Jazz Legend by Irina Dvalidze
Michel Petrucciani-Remembering a Jazz Legend Michel Petrucciani — remembering a jazz legend

PREVIEW: DOWNLOAD Michael Petrucciani’s “These Foolish Things” MP3

We all complain about the horrific  gaps in musical taste we have with our elders, but don’t be too quick to write your grandparents off as tone deaf just yet. Dusty shelves full of Billie Holiday and Louis Armstrong records hold potential for some of the most incomprehensibly magnificent work you will ever come across. So stumble outside that hipster record store you waste your afternoons at and listen up!

Michel Petrucciani was a French jazz pianist. Now deceased, his work continues to mesmerize. So what makes him different from any other dated jazz artist you really don’t want to hear about? He was born with osteogenesis imperfecta, aka “glass bones,” a disease that impeded his growth (he was only three feet tall and weighed barely 50 pounds).

Despite his disability Petrucciani achieved jazz stardom in 36 short years, Performing with greats like  Dizzy Gillespie, Wayne Shorter and Jim Hall. So I guess next time you complain about something being too hard, think about this man, who needed help with almost every gesture he made and yet succeeded in creating spectacular work.

— Irina Dvalidze, Multimedia Editor

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