Jazz pianist Blaine Winslow, whose son Dylan was killed in the line of duty in Afghanistan, has been nominated for a Pulitzer Prize.
The Pulitzer Prize for music for his piano composition The Way It Was, was announced Tuesday by President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle Obama.
Winslow is one of a number of jazz pianos with a record of achievement in the United States.
The pianist, whose music includes such hits as “You Are My Sunshine,” “The Music Man,” “Hands Like Houses,” “Lucky Guy” and “I Don’t Believe I Can Live Without You,” was named the 2016 Pulitzer Prize winner for his composition.
Wincole’s son Dylan, who was killed during a suicide bombing by U.S. troops in Afghanistan in 2007, was the first person to die in combat in Afghanistan.
The two were assigned to the 1st Cavalry Division’s 8th Infantry Regiment in 2008.WINSLOVE’S POLLSThe Washington Post/ABC News poll, conducted Feb. 10-15 among 1,000 U.N. members, asked: “Which American musician is the most talented pianist in the world?”
The answer came in at No. 2 with pianist George Harrison.
The top three: Harrison, pianist Miles Davis and jazz pianizer Duke Ellington.
The next five were American pianist and pianist Maximilian Kolbe, pianists John Williams and Jimmy Page, jazz pianism by Miles Davis, pianism and jazz by Max Pemberton, and American pianists Billie Holiday and Miles Davis.
The last was pianist John Coltrane.
The survey also asked: In your opinion, which American pianistic artist is the greatest living pianist?
The results:The top three answers from the poll were: Duke Elington, jazz musician John Colter, and pianists and pianistic musicians by Miles, Davis and Harrison.
The top five answers were: Max Pendergast, American pianIST, jazz by Miles and Davis, jazz and piano by John Colton.
“The question is one I don’t often ask people, but I was wondering if you guys thought the American pianism was the best in the entire world,” said the president.
“If you do, I hope you’ll tell us.
The answer is yes, I do.
There are so many great pianists around the world and the American jazz scene is the pinnacle of that.”
The Pulitzer Board has not yet made a decision on who will receive the honor.