Producer Orrin Keepnews left Scott LaFaro, Bill Evans and Paul Motian
at the Village Vanguard, 1961
Photo Steve Schapiro
Producer Orrin Keepnews, left, with the Bill Evans Trio at the Village Vanguard in 1961. Seated from left, bassist Scott LaFaro, pianist Evans and drummer Paul Motian. (Steve Schapiro)Orrin Keepnews, who produced many influential jazz recordings in the 1950s and 1960s on his independent record label and who later won four Grammy Awards for his meticulous work in reissuing collections of classic jazz,Mr. Keepnews, who once said he had “not the faintest inkling of musical talent,” was a co-founder of Riverside Records, which was among the leading jazz labels of its time, along with Blue Note and Prestige. He produced seminal recordings by Thelonious Monk, Cannonball Adderley, Clark Terry, Abbey Lincoln and Wes Montgomery, among others.