Two books about Keith Jarrett have been published. Keith Jarrett: Inner Views written by Kunihiko Yamashita, former editor of JazzLife (Japan), has been published in Japan and Italy. Keith Jarrett: A Man and His Music, a biography written by the acclaimed British jazz trumpeter and critic Ian Carr, has been published in Britain by Grafton Books and in the US by Da Capo Books.
As an essayist, Mr. Jarrett has been invited to contribute critical essays to the New York Times, Musician and Downbeat magazines. He has also written forwards to The Piano Book, by Larry Fine on Brookside Press (US) and The Complete Guide to High-End Audio by Robert Harley on Accapella Publishing (US) and a preface for the American edition of Geoff Dyer's But Beautiful (North Point Press), an evocative work on jazz.
One of the most significant pianists to emerge since the 1960s, Keith Jarrett maintained a career that went through several phases. He gained international fame for his solo concerts, which found him spontaneously improvising all of the music without any prior planning, but he also led a couple of dynamic quartets/quintets, performed classical music, and later played explorative versions of standards with his longtime trio. Although his tendency to "sing along" with his piano now and then is distracting, Jarrett continued to grow as a powerful improviser after decades of important accomplishments.
Keith Jarrett (born May 8, 1945) is an American pianist and composer who performs both jazz and classical music.
Jarrett started his career with Art Blakey, moving on to play with Charles Lloyd and Miles Davis. Since the early 1970s he has enjoyed a great deal of success as a group leader and a solo performer in jazz, jazz fusion, and classical music. His improvisations draw from the traditions of jazz and other genres, especially Western classical music, gospel, blues, and ethnic folk music.
In 2003, Jarrett received the Polar Music Prize, the first (and to this day only) recipient not to share the prize with a co-recipient, and in 2004 he received the Léonie Sonning Music Prize.
In 2008, he was inducted into the Down Beat Hall of Fame in the magazine's 73rd Annual Readers' Poll.