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Famous Manhattan School Of Music Alumni

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List Rules People on this list must have gone to Manhattan School of Music and be of some renown.

List of famous alumni from Manhattan School of Music, with photos when available. Prominent graduates from Manhattan School of Music include celebrities, politicians, business people, athletes and more. This list of distinguished Manhattan School of Music alumni is loosely ordered by relevance, so the most recognizable celebrities who attended Manhattan School of Music are at the top of the list. This directory is not just composed of graduates of this school, as some of the famous people on this list didn't necessarily earn a degree from Manhattan School of Music.

Items here include everything from Herbie Hancock to Harry Connick, Jr..

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to Manhattan School of Music?” and “Which celebrities are Manhattan School of Music alumni?”
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Sophie B. Hawkins is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Manhattan School Of Music Alumni
Painter, Musician, Singer-songwriter
Sophie Ballantine Hawkins is an American singer, songwriter, musician and painter. Her highest-charting singles are "Damn I Wish I Was Your Lover," "Right Beside You," and
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Herbie Hancock is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Manhattan School Of Music Alumni
Film Score Composer, Jazz Pianist, Songwriter
Herbert Jeffrey "Herbie" Hancock is an American pianist, keyboardist, bandleader and composer. Starting his career with jazz legend Donald Byrd, he shortly thereafter joined the Miles ...more
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Arthur Russell is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Manhattan School Of Music Alumni
Record producer, Musician, Composer
Arthur Russell was an American cellist, composer, singer and musician whose work spanned the genres of classical, disco, experimental, folk and rock. Notable artists who collaborated with ...more
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Angelo Badalamenti is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Manhattan School Of Music Alumni
Film Score Composer, Songwriter, Musician
Angelo Badalamenti is an American composer, best known for his work scoring films for director David Lynch, notably Blue Velvet, the Twin Peaks saga and Mulholland Drive. Badalamenti received ...more
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Nellie McKay is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Manhattan School Of Music Alumni
Comedian, Singer-songwriter, Actor
Nell Marie "Nellie" McKay is an American singer-songwriter, actress, and former stand-up comedian, noted for her critically acclaimed albums, and for her Broadway debut in The ...more
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Paul Horn is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Manhattan School Of Music Alumni
Flautist
Paul Horn was an American jazz flautist, and an early pioneer of New Age music.
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John Corigliano is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Manhattan School Of Music Alumni
Film Score Composer, Composer, Teacher
John Corigliano is an American composer of classical music. His scores, now numbering over one hundred, have won him the Pulitzer Prize, five Grammy Awards, Grawemeyer Award for Music ...more
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Max Roach is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Manhattan School Of Music Alumni
Educator, Musician, Drummer
Maxwell Lemuel "Max" Roach was an American jazz percussionist, drummer, and composer. A pioneer of bebop, Roach went on to work in many other styles of music, and is generally ...more
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Steve Gadd is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Manhattan School Of Music Alumni
Musician, Drummer, Session musician
Stephen Kendall "Steve" Gadd is an American musician. Gadd is one of the most well-known and highly regarded session and studio drummers in the industry. Gadd's groove on Paul Simon's ...more
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Sara Davis Buechner is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Manhattan School Of Music Alumni
Pianist, Teacher
Sara Davis Buechner is an American concert pianist and educator.
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Beth Clayton is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Manhattan School Of Music Alumni
Beth Clayton Singer
Laura Beth Clayton is an American mezzo-soprano opera singer, and a native of Malvern, Arkansas.
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Paul Motian is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Manhattan School Of Music Alumni
Drummer, Composer
Stephen Paul Motian was an American jazz drummer, percussionist and composer of Armenian descent. He first came to prominence in the late 1950s in the piano trio of Bill Evans, and later led ...more
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Ted Atkatz is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Manhattan School Of Music Alumni
Ted Atkatz is the founder of and frontman for the Los Angeles-based alternative rock group NYCO. He is a former principal percussionist for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Atkatz left the CSO in ...more
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Brian Doherty is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Manhattan School Of Music Alumni
Drummer
Brian Doherty is an American drummer, singer-songwriter, composer, music producer, and educator based in New York City. After starting his career as a member of the rock bands The Silos and They ...more
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Harry Connick, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Manhattan School Of Music Alumni
Conductor, Arranger, Songwriter
Joseph Harry Fowler Connick, Jr. is an American singer, musician and actor. He has sold over 28 million albums worldwide. Connick is ranked among the top 60 best-selling male artists in the ...more
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Yusef Lateef is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Manhattan School Of Music Alumni
Musician, Flautist, Author
Yusef Abdul Lateef was an American jazz multi-instrumentalist, composer and educator for the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community after his conversion to the Ahmadiyya sect of Islam in 1950. Although ...more
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Rosemary Glyde is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Manhattan School Of Music Alumni
Composer, Violist
Rosemary Glyde was an American violist and composer. Focusing on expanding the limited repertory for solo viola, she wrote and transcribed many works for that instrument, including Sergei ...more
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Regina Spektor is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Manhattan School Of Music Alumni
Record producer, Songwriter, Pianist
Regina Ilyinichna Spektor is an American singer-songwriter and pianist. Her music is associated with the anti-folk scene centered on New York City's East Village.
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Jason Moran is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Manhattan School Of Music Alumni
Film Score Composer, Jazz Pianist, Pianist
Jason Moran is an American jazz pianist, composer and educator, heavily involved in multimedia art and theatrical installations. Moran recorded first with Greg Osby and debuted as a band leader ...more
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Hugh Masekela is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Manhattan School Of Music Alumni
Musician, Bandleader, Lyricist
Hugh Ramopolo Masekela is a South African trumpeter, flugelhornist, cornetist, composer, and singer. He is the father of American television host Sal Masekela.
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Elliot Goldenthal is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Manhattan School Of Music Alumni
Film Score Composer, Record producer, Theatrical producer
Elliot Goldenthal is an American composer of contemporary classical music. He was a student of Aaron Copland and John Corigliano, and is best known for his distinctive style and ability to blend ...more
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Dave Grusin is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Manhattan School Of Music Alumni
Film Score Composer, Arranger, Pianist
Robert David "Dave" Grusin is an American composer, arranger and pianist. Grusin has composed many scores for feature films and television, and has won numerous awards for his ...more
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Kenny Kirkland is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Manhattan School Of Music Alumni
Jazz Pianist, Pianist, Musician
Kenneth David "Kenny" Kirkland was an American pianist/keyboardist.
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Phil Woods is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Manhattan School Of Music Alumni
Saxophonist, Composer, Clarinetist
Philip Wells Woods is an American jazz bebop alto saxophonist, clarinetist, bandleader and composer.
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Donald Byrd is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Manhattan School Of Music Alumni
Musician, Trumpeter
Donaldson Toussaint L'Ouverture Byrd II was an American jazz and rhythm and blues trumpeter. A sideman for many other jazz musicians of his generation, Byrd was best known as one of the only ...more