1916 - 1983
A native of Baltimore, Don Ewell began his career in the 30's. Primarily influenced by Jelly Roll Morton
and Earl Hines
, his playing evolved toward the stride style of Fats Waller
and James P. Johnson
. He gave performances as a soloist, and with Sidney Bechet, Kid Ory and Jack Teagarden. He also played in duet with Willie "The Lions" Smith
during the 60's.
With a high piano technique, Don Ewell nevertheless focused on the respect of tradition and the value of melody. He was an inspired pianist who perpetuated the New-Orleans jazz tradition, with a great musical personality.
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