Horace Silver (1928–2014) was an American pianist, composer and arranger best known for his association with The Jazz Messengers and his hard bop playing style. Many of Silver’s compositions have become jazz standards, most notably his “Song for my Father”.

Horace Silver

His groundbreaking ensemble, The Horace Silver Quintet, played an instrumental role in bringing hard bop, blues and gospel closer together. The five-piece featured an array of important collaborators, including influential saxophonists such as Hank Mobley and Joe Henderson, who further developed the soulful and energetic sound of the band. Particularly their stint with Blue Note Records will be remembered as the halcyon days of the Horace Silver Quintet.