People who write music incorporating jazz elements such as improvisation, jazz rhythms or blues harmony. While jazz composers also play instruments, they are identified primarily with their original works. Includes songwriters whose works are favored by jazz performers as well as those who write full ensemble scores for band or orchestra.
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From beginnings as a trumpet player for the Lionel Hampton big band in the late 1940s, rose to become the pre-eminent jazz composer and arranger of the late 20th century, a peer of Henry Mancini and Nelson Riddle. Known for film scores and television themes but also enormously successful as a pop record producer. Created Michael Jackson's "Thriller," which held the record for best-selling album of all time for many years, and "We Are the World," the famine relief recording in which dozens of top musical stars participated at his request.
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