Tristano, (Leonard Joseph) Lennie(1919–78) jazz musician; born in Chicago. Blind from childhood, he was a conservatory-trained pianist, leader of his own small groups in New York from 1946, and a strong influence on Bill Evans. As a music teacher and theorist, he developed a small but distinguished following among musicians.
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