Pianist and composer Brad Mehldau (pictured) is the latest to join the ranks of greats like Chick Corea, Michael Brecker and Herbie Hancock by receiving the prestigious Miles Davis Prize, presented by the Montreal International Jazz Festival.
The Miles Davis Prize was created 13 years ago to recognize jazz artists who have made significant artistic and innovative contributions to the genre. Mehldau received the award Thursday night at his pre-festival trio concert.
Born in 1970, Mehldau was a child prodigy who began recording with saxophonist Joshua Redman on the album Moodswings. The pianist then went on to record 14 albums and even write a few film scores, including one for Stanley Kubrick’s thriller Eyes Wide Shut.
Mehldau made his mark, however, by fusing the pop and
jazz genres with interpretations of songs by the Beatles and alternative-rock demigods Radiohead. His most recent album, House on Hill, was released June 27 on Nonesuch Records.
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