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Johnny Răducanu’s birthday
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1 December 1931, Brăila – 19 September 2011
Johnny Răducanu (born Răducan Creţu ) was a Romanian jazz pianist of Romani ethnic background, whose family has a long musical tradition dating back to the 17th century.
He started playing the double bass at the age of 19 before, switching to piano. During his musical career, some of his many collaborations outside Romania were those with Art Farmer (trumpet) and Slide Hampton (trombone), and Friedrich Gulda (piano). In 1987, Răducanu received an honorary membership in the Louis Armstrong Academy in New Orleans. He was the founder of the Romanian Jazz school, and during a musical career spanning over half a century, he discovered, nurtured and trained several generations of Romanian jazz musicians. Leonard Feather called him „Mr. Jazz of Romania”. He was the President of the Romanian Jazz Federation.
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