Born: May 2, 1941, Palo Alto
Connie Crothers,world class jazz pianist, composer
and leader was born in Palo Alto May 2, 1941.
The Cadence Magazine's centennial issue lists
Connie Crothers among most important and influential
musician in last 25 years of the 20th century.
Early on her pianistic and composition abilities were apparent. Her gifts were fine tuned at University of California At Berkley as a music major.
In June 1962 inspired by "Requiem" composed by Lennie Tristano--- Connie moved East to New York City.
Connie Crothers second "music epiphany" was on hearing first-recorded, free improvisation by Lennie Tristano quintet "Digression" and "Intuition" featuring Lennie Tristano, Billy Bauer,Lee Konitz, Warne Marsh and Arnold Fishkind.
Connie Crothers salon appearances at Lennie Tristano's home began in 1972. In 1973 Lennie presented Connie in a solo concert in Carnegie Recital Hall.
Connie Crothers composition "Perception" originally issued in 1974 under the Steeplechase label was reissued in 1995 was proclaimed over that period as one of 10 best records of year and record of month by Coda, Jazz and Jazz Hot magazines respectively. "Perception" is published and available from William H. Bauer in the Warne Marsh Jazz Lines publication.
Connie Crothers credits, honors, featured articles, past and current performances world-wide from Village Vanguard to Japan can be retrieved on her website link: www.conniecrothers.net