Keith Jarrett, one of the most heralded pianists alive, revealed that he had two strokes in 2018. It is unlikely he will perform in public again.
This one was hard to write. The writing wasn’t the hard part.
Keith Jarrett says he experienced 2 strokes in 2018, and may never perform again. This is sad news from one of our most consistently creative living musicians.
Devastating news for #jazz fans: After two strokes, Keith Jarrett says his career as a pianist is over.
“The most I’m expected to recover in my left hand is possibly the ability to hold a cup in it. So it’s not a ‘shoot the piano player’ thing. It’s: I already got shot. Ah-ha-ha-ha.”
“I don’t know what my future is supposed to be,” he added. “I don’t feel right now like I’m a pianist. That’s all I can say about that.”—Keith Jarrett, to , as he faces the end of his piano-playing life. Quietly riveting.
The impending release on ECM of the Budapest Concert is especially poignant now. Keith Jarrett Confronts a Future Without the Piano - The New York Times
I am so sorry to hear this. My wife and I will miss seeing him in concert.
For once something completely unrelated to EconHist or the profession. But Keith Jarrett's piano improvisation will be missed immensely.
“I don’t know what my future is supposed to be,” he added. “I don’t feel right now like I’m a pianist. That’s all I can say about that.”
Heart-wrenching interview with Keith Jarrett, one of my piano heroes, who will probably never perform again.
Keith Jarrett, one of the most heralded pianists🎹alive, confronts a future without the piano, revealing devastating impact of strokes💔he suffered, by via #CVD
Keith Jarrett Confronts a Future Without the Piano: Keith Jarrett’s left side is still partially paralyzed by a pair of strokes in 2018. “I don’t feel right now like I’m a pianist,”
“I can only play with my right hand, and it’s not convincing me anymore. I even have dreams where I am as messed up as I really am—so I’ve found myself trying to play in my dreams, but it’s just like real life.” Keith Jarrett, legend.
I paint listening to Keith Jarrett but a stroke in late February 2018, followed by another one that May make it unlikely he will ever perform in public again. How tragic 😢
Devastated to learn that Keith Jarrett was paralyzed by two strokes last winter/spring. Hoping for miraculous recovery
Keith Jarrett Confronts a Future Without the Piano | The pathbreaking musician reveals the health issues that make it unlikely he will ever again perform in public
As a huge Jarrett fan and a stroke survivor, this hit really hard. (Thanks to for such sensitive writing.)
I felt so sad reading this article, I could not bring myself to share it. But here it is. Keith Jarrett, who's best recorded output is (was...) improvised and in front of an audience, can - at present & likely forever - no longer play.