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Clare Fischer

Clare Fischer

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birthday
22nd
October, 1928
Death
26th
January, 2012
Birth Place
Durand, Michigan, U.S.
Birth Sign
libra
Biography

Douglas Clare Fischer (October 22, 1928 – January 26, 2012) was an American keyboardist, composer, arranger, and bandleader. After graduating from Michigan State University (from which, five decades later, he would receive an honorary doctorate), he became the pianist and arranger for the vocal group the Hi-Lo’s in the late 1950s. Fischer went on to work with Donald Byrd and Dizzy Gillespie, and became known for his Latin and bossa nova recordings in the 1960s. He composed the Latin jazz standard “Morning”, and the jazz standard “Pensativa”. Consistently cited by jazz pianist and composer Herbie Hancock as a major influence (“I wouldn’t be me without Clare Fischer”), he was nominated for eleven Grammy Awards during his lifetime, winning for his landmark album, 2+2 (1981), the first of Fischer’s records to incorporate the vocal ensemble writing developed during his Hi-Lo’s days into his already sizable Latin jazz discography; it was also the first recorded installment in Fischer’s three-decade-long collaboration with his son Brent. Fischer was also a posthumous Grammy winner for Ritmo! (2012) and for Music for Strings, Percussion and the Rest (2013).
Beginning in the early 1970s, Fischer embarked on a parallel (and far more lucrative) career, eventually becoming a much sought-after arranger, providing orchestral “sweeteners” for pop and R&B artists such as Rufus (with Chaka Khan), Prince (a regular client from 1984 onwards, and by far Fischer’s most frequent in pop music), Robert Palmer, Paul McCartney, Michael Jackson and many others.

instruments played
alto
electric
keyboards
Piano
sax
synthesizer
Associated Acts

The Hi-Lo's, Bud Shank, Cal Tjader, Prince, Robert Palmer

Birth Name

Douglas Clare FischerHeckman, Don. [http://articles.latimes.com/2012/jan/28/local/la-me-clare-fischer-20120128 "Clare Fischer dies at 83; versatile pianist, composer, arranger"]. ''Los Angeles Times''. January 28, 2012. Retrieved 2013-02-19.

Genres

Jazz, bossa nova, Afro-Cuban jazz, fusion, funk, classical, third stream, vocal, pop

Labels

Discovery, Koch, Trend, Pacific Jazz/World Pacific, Revelation, MPS, Concord

Occupations

Composer, arranger, bandleader, session musician

Years Active

1943 2011

Name

Clare Fischer

Nationality

United States of America

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