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The founder of Piano Choir Inc., the late Stanley Cowell, was a Professor Emeritus of Jazz Piano at Rutgers-Mason Gross School of the Arts and a Steinway Artist. He performed and recorded as a solo pianist, in diverse ensemble formations from duos to orchestras, in jazz venues and concert halls. He has an impressive list of recordings as a composer and pianist, having performed with Max Roach, Miles Davis, Charles Tolliver, Stan Getz, Sonny Rollins, The Piano Choir, Nasheet Waits, Roy Haynes, Art Pepper, Jimmy Heath, and many more. His formal training in music includes a bachelor's degree in music and an honorary doctorate from Oberlin Conservatory, a Master of Music from the University of Michigan, study at the Mozarteum Akademie in Salzburg, Austria, and graduate work at Wichita State and University of Southern California. Recent compositions and/or performances include Asian Art Suite for Orchestra, Jazz Sextet & Asian Percussion with Toledo Symphony, solo concert at Billboard Tokyo. Recent CDs: Reminiscent, Juneteenth, Are You Real, It’s Time and (SteepleChase). You may hear Stanley Cowell's music in Spike Lee movies, various other films and TV shows, as well as his music being sampled by artists such as Kendrick Lamar, the Pharcyde, J Dilla, and many others.

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