Horace Silver (born Horace Ward Martin Tavares Silva, September 2, 1928 – June 18, 2014) was an American jazz pianist and composer. He is known for his distinctive playing style and pioneering compositional contributions to hard bop.
Silver was born on September 2, 1928, in Norwalk, Connecticut. His mother, Gertrude, was from Connecticut; his father, John Tavares Silver, was born on the island of Maio, Cape Verde, and emigrated to the United States as a young man. She was a maid and sang in a church choir; he worked for a tire company. Horace had a much older half-brother, Eugene Fletcher, from his mother's first marriage, and was the third child for his parents, after John, who lived to 6 months, and Maria, who was stillborn. According to Horace's account, his father's surname was originally Silva, but was changed upon marriage to Silver, while his own baptismal name was Horace Ward Silver, which then had his father's middle name added, as well as Martin upon his Catholic confirmation, making him Horace Ward Martin Tavares Silver. Another account is that John was born João Tavares Silva, but changed the spelling of the family name to Silver after Horace's birth...
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