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Classical pianist Andre Watts The first classical pianist I saw as a child that influenced me to study classical piano.
Nina Simone. (born Eunice Kathleen Waymon; February 21, 1933 – April 21, 2003) was an American singer, songwriter, pianist, arranger, and civil rights activist widely associated with jazz music. Simone aspired to become a classical pianist while working in a broad range of styles including classical, jazz, blues, folk, R, gospel, and pop.