Bud Powell Tribute

Brian de Lima (Piano) plays a tribute to legendary jazz pianist Bud Powell (1924-1966).


Indeed, to anyone familiar with the music of Brian de Lima, two things are very clear. The first is that he has dedicated a substantial amount of time to the study of the music of the masters; the second, for which the first is undoubtedly a prerequisite, is that he has cultivated a unique and mature sound, both as a composer and a performer. Brian began playing the piano at the age of three – with his father – before starting private studies at five (his first teacher was a pupil of Daisy Peterson, the sister and teacher of Oscar Peterson). Jazz was a focus from the very beginning.

Brian moved on to study with Estonian concert pianist Armas Meiste, who introduced him to the music of Bud Powell.

Still not satisfied on his unending quest to enhance his creative capacity, Brian sought out master bebop educator and pianist Barry Harris. Harris, who boasts Coltrane, Donald Byrd, Paul Chambers, and a host of other greats as former students, has cultivated and imparted a unique approach to teaching the music of Charlie Parker and Bud Powell. Just listen to Brian’s playing – it certainly attests to the effectiveness of Harris’ teaching methods. But perhaps as impressive as Brian’s fluency in the bop idiom is his ability to seamlessly integrate some of the more contemporary elements (bringing to mind such influences as Benny Green and Kenny Barron) into an approach that derives its focus from the music of Bud Powell and Thelonious Monk. It is in this respect that de Lima distinguishes himself: he imbues bebop with a more contemporary bent without betraying the spirit of the music’s originators.

Originators such as Earl ‘the fatha’Hines,Lester Young,Art Tatum,Teddy Wilson,Erroll Garner,Louis Armstrong,and Nat Cole have now gained priority on Brian`s overall sound.including the exploration of the masters of stride piano .His style has already received accolades from such masters as Barry Harris, Benny Green and Monty Alexander.