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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

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Ron Carter is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Manhattan School Of Music Alumni
Film Score Composer, Bassist, Professor Ron Carter is an American jazz double-bassist. His appearances on over 2,500 albums make him one of the most-recorded bassists in jazz history. Carter is also an acclaimed cellist who has ...more

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Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Manhattan School Of Music Alumni
Conductor, Film Score Composer, Composer Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson was an innovative American composer whose interests spanned the worlds of jazz, dance, pop, film, television, and classical music. Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson was ...more

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Kenny Werner is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Manhattan School Of Music Alumni
Jazz Pianist, Pianist, Music Director Kenny Werner is an American jazz pianist and composer.

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Gunther Schuller is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Manhattan School Of Music Alumni
Conductor, Historian, Musician Gunther Schuller is an American composer, conductor, horn player, author, historian, and jazz musician.

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Rhoda Scott is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Manhattan School Of Music Alumni
Organist Rhoda Scott is an African-American hard bop and soul jazz organist. The daughter of an AME minister, Scott spent much of her childhood in New Jersey, where she learned to play organ in the ...more

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Dick Katz is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Manhattan School Of Music Alumni
Jazz Pianist Dick Katz was an American jazz pianist, arranger and producer. He freelanced throughout much of his career, and worked in a number of ensembles. He co-founded Milestone Records in 1966 with ...more

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D.D. Jackson is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Manhattan School Of Music Alumni
Film Score Composer, Jazz Pianist, Composer D.D. Jackson is a Juno Award-winning jazz pianist/composer and composer for film, TV and media whose work spans 12 CDs as leader or co-leader featuring almost entirely original material. He won ...more

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Larry Willis is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Manhattan School Of Music Alumni
Jazz Pianist, Pianist Larry Willis is an American jazz pianist and composer. He has performed in a wide range of styles, including jazz fusion rock music, Bebop and Avant-Garde. After his first year studying music ...more

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Carmine Coppola is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Manhattan School Of Music Alumni
Editor, Conductor, Film Score Composer Carmine Coppola was an American composer, flautist, editor, musical director, and songwriter who contributed original music to The Godfather, The Godfather Part II, Apocalypse Now, and The ...more

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Shuler Hensley is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Manhattan School Of Music Alumni
Actor, Singer Shuler Paul Hensley is an American singer and actor.

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Susan Graham is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Manhattan School Of Music Alumni
Singer Susan Graham is an American mezzo-soprano.

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Rolando Guerrero is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Manhattan School Of Music Alumni
Musician, Lecturer, Actor Rolando Guerrero is a musician and actor.

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Page Hamilton is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Manhattan School Of Music Alumni
Film Score Composer, Record producer, Guitarist Page Hamilton is an American guitarist, singer, songwriter and record producer, mostly noted for his work with alternative metal band Helmet. Most of his work has been in the hard rock and ...more

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Aaron Jay Kernis is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Manhattan School Of Music Alumni
Composer Aaron Jay Kernis is an American composer serving as a member of the Yale School of Music faculty. Kernis spent 10 years serving as the music advisor to the Minnesota Orchestra and as Director of ...more

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Dawn Upshaw is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Manhattan School Of Music Alumni
Opera Singer Dawn Upshaw is an American soprano. The recipient of several Grammy Awards and Edison Prize-winning discs, she performs both opera and art song, and in repertoire from Baroque to contemporary. ...more

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Kevin Hays is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Manhattan School Of Music Alumni
Jazz Pianist, Pianist Kevin Hays is a jazz pianist. He was raised in Greenwich, Connecticut. He is known for the Kevin Hays Trio and being in the Bill Stewart Trio. Featured on dozens of recordings with a variety of ...more

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Engelbert Brenner is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Manhattan School Of Music Alumni
Oboist Engelbert Brenner, was a soloist on oboe and then English horn who played for 41 years with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra. Brenner was born in Vienna. He was educated in Europe, and ...more

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Paul McCandless is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Manhattan School Of Music Alumni
Paul McCandless Oboist Paul McCandless, Jr. is an American jazz woodwind player and composer. He is one of few expert jazz oboists, and also plays English horn, soprano saxophone, sopranino saxophone, bass clarinet, ...more

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Dan Welcher is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Manhattan School Of Music Alumni
Conductor Dan Welcher is an American composer, conductor, and music educator.

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John Lewis is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Manhattan School Of Music Alumni
Film Score Composer, Arranger, Pianist John Aaron Lewis was an American jazz pianist, composer and arranger, best known as the musical director of the Modern Jazz Quartet.

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David Higgs is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Manhattan School Of Music Alumni
Organist David Higgs is an American organist. He has given a large number of recitals and is the head of the organ department at the Eastman School of Music.

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Stefon Harris is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Manhattan School Of Music Alumni
Musician, Vibraphonist Stefon Harris is an American jazz vibraphonist. In 1999, the Los Angeles Times called him "one of the most important young artists in jazz" who is "at the forefront of new New ...more

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Rupert Holmes is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Manhattan School Of Music Alumni
Film Score Composer, Musician, Novelist Rupert Holmes is a British-born American composer, singer-songwriter, musician, and author of plays, novels, and stories. He is widely known for his number one pop hit "Escape" and the ...more

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Edward Simon is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Manhattan School Of Music Alumni
Jazz Pianist, Pianist Edward Simon is a Venezuelan jazz pianist and composer. Simon was born into a musical family; both his brothers, Marlon and Michael Simon are also noted professional musicians. His father sent ...more

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Jared Bernstein is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Manhattan School Of Music Alumni
Jared Bernstein is a Senior Fellow at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. From 2009 to 2011, Bernstein was the Chief Economist and Economic Adviser to Vice President Joseph Biden in the ...more