Jimmy Rowles was born in Spokane, Washington, August
19, 1918. Inspired by Andy Kirk, Dick Wilson and Jimmy
Lunceford, Jimmy began his professional career in 1935.
By 1941, he was playing with Lee and Lester Young and the
great Billie Holiday. Establishing himself in jazz, Rowles'
career has brought him recognition and respect as a master
jazz pianist and a five-time Grammy nominee.
In the late '40's and in New York, he recorded with Billie
Holiday and the Youngs, as well as artists, Harry "Sweets"
Edison and Benny Carter. He also recorded with Ben
Webster and appeared in the documentary, The Brute
and the Beautiful, filmed by John Jeremy and exclusively
screened, August 24, 1989, by the L.A