Bud Powell was the pianist for Cootie Williams band in 1944. He is considered to be one of the finest jazz pianists. Bud along with Thelonius Monk, Charlies Parker and Dizzy Gillespie were the founding musicians of the bebop sound in New York. Bud was a prominent pianist in the jazz world through the 1960s.
“He was the foundation out of which stemmed the whole edifice of modern jazz piano. Every jazz pianist since Bud either came through him or is deliberately attempting to get away from playing like him.”
– HERBIE HANCOCK
Listen to him play some of his greatest hits.