Davide Trame’s comment on my Giuffre post made me search out my favourite Michel Petrucciani clip from YouTube (there are many others):
Michel was born in France of Italian parentage, and moved to America in the 1980’s. The most important thing to say about him is that he was a wonderful pianist, on any terms. He successfully overcame profound physical difficulties – he was born with the genetic disorder osteogenesis imperfecta. Although classically trained, he preferred playing jazz, and he worked with many of the world’s top musicians throughout his career.
Sadly, as with most people with his condition, he died young from pulmonary complications. He is buried at Pêre Lachaise in Paris. I’ll be there in September.