Denny Zeitlin

Denny Zeitlin ( born April 10, 1938 in Chicago, Illinois as Dennis Jay Zeitlin ) is an American jazz pianist and physician. Although he is not mainly working as a jazz musician, he continued, "with its tasteful ausbalanzierten hybrids between tradition and modernity, strength and spirituality, process and form standards in jazz. "

Life and work

Zeitlins parents both played piano; He began with two years to play the piano and had 1944-1952 music lessons. He learned, among other things with Billy Taylor and George Russell. In 1960, he was touring with Oscar Pettiford on Europe. He financed his medical degree from the Johns Hopkins University for his jazz activities. In 1963 he was on the LP Flute Fever by flutist Jeremy Steig his recording debut. After receiving his doctorate in 1964, he worked in San Francisco as a psychiatrist in a mental hospital. He also played in 1964 with its own Trio, the Charlie Haden and Jerry Granelli belonged, and came in 1965 at the Newport Jazz Festival and the Monterey Jazz Festival. In 1968 he appeared in the fusion context. From the late 1960s until the mid-1970s he retired from public life.

In 1978 he composed the film score for Philip Kaufman's science fiction drama " Invasion of the Body Snatchers " with Donald Sutherland, Brooke Adams and Leonard Nimoy; He has also composed music for Sesame Street. Since then, he has performed as a jazz musician primarily on the west coast of the United States, approximately in a trio with Peter Donald. He has also played with Herbie Hancock, Pat Metheny, David Grisman, Paul Winter, Joe Henderson and Buster Williams. His style is between Bill Evans, who took over his composition " Quiet Now", Lennie Tristano and Bud Powell.

As a psychiatrist, he teaches at the University of California. With his presentation Unlocking the Creative Impulse: the Psychology of improvisation, with whom he was on tour in Europe, he combines his diverse interests.

Disco printing specifications

  • Cathexis (1964, Columbia CL 2182, with Cecil McBee and Freddie Waits )
  • Carnival (1964, Columbia CL 2340)
  • Zeitgeist (1967, Columbia CL 2748 )
  • Expansion (1967/1970) Double Helix DHLP1 / 1750 Arch 1758
  • Syzygy (1977, 1750 Arch 1759)
  • Soundings (1978, 1750 Arch 1770, solo )
  • Time Remembers One Time Once (1983, ECM 1239, with Charlie Haden )
  • Tidal Wave (1984, Palo Alto PA8044 -N)
  • Homecoming (1986, Living Music LM0011 )
  • Trio (1988, Windham Hill WH -0112, published as CD)
  • As Long As There 's Music (1998, Venus ( J) TKJV - 19067 )
  • Labyrinth ( 2011)
  • Both / And ( Sunnyside, 2013)


  • Carlo Bohländer et al: Reclams jazz leader. Stuttgart 1989.