June 19, 2014, 1:30 am
Jazz pianist and composer Horace Silver passed away today of natural causes. He was 85.
Silver was discovered by Stan Getz and would be a fixture at New York’s Birdland jazz club and recorded many albums for the Blue Note label. He performed with Miles Davis and formed The Jazz Messengers with Art Blakey.
Silver’s best known composition was “Song for my Father.” I grew up listening to Ray Bryant’s version, but it has been covered by dozens of artists.
During my visit to New York on Father’s Day weekend, “Song for my Father” played on the smooth jazz channel. When we discovered that Silver was still alive, Dad wanted to know if he was playing in town. He tried to find this out using his new smart phone. I checked his official website which was last updated in February 2005. I said to Dad, “He isn’t playing anywhere.” As of today, his only audience is now in Heaven.