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Manfredo Fest

Manfredo Fest

Brazilian-bred Manfredo Fest remembers what it was that lured him, as a young pianist studying classical music, into the lifelong pursuit of jazz: blame it on the George Shearing Quintet.The influence may have been more than just musical. LikeShearing, Fest is a blind pianist, whose facility defies any presumed limitations.

“Shearing was one of my very first mentors,” Fest says, from his current home in Florida. “That was really what got me interested in jazz, more than anything else, when I heard the quintet sound of piano, vibes, guitar, bass and drums. I was mesmerized by that sound.”

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