key·​board·​ist | \ ˈkē-ˌbȯr-dist How to pronounce keyboardist (audio) \

Definition of keyboardist

: a person who plays a keyboard musical instrument

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Domhnall Gleeson plays Jon, an aspiring rock star who joins a band led by a brilliant keyboardist, Frank (Michael Fassbender). Sara Aridi, New York Times, "What’s on TV Saturday: ‘Lover for a Day’ and ‘Operation Odessa’," 31 Mar. 2018 As if that wasn't bleak enough, the ceremony also did not have anyone on hand to introduce the band with a speech, leaving bassist John Illsley, who took the stage with keyboardists Alan Clark and Guy Fletcher, to induct himself into the Rock Hall. Maeve Mcdermott, USA TODAY, "Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2018: The night's biggest moments," 15 Apr. 2018 The famed keyboardist has recruited the ultimate eclectic mix of big names new and old for his upcoming LP. Natalie Maher, Billboard, "Jazz Legend Herbie Hancock Is Working With Kendrick Lamar, Snoop Dogg, Thundercat & More on Upcoming Album," 5 Mar. 2018 Our keyboardist is Mark Knoll, who is a monster on his instrument and an astonishing singer. George Varga,, "Steve Miller Band and Hot Tuna alum Greg Douglass set for 50th anniversary gig at Belly Up," 9 June 2018 This period may be most notable, though, for their then-uncredited (and then-married to John McVie) keyboardist Christine McVie fully entering the frame. Morgan Enos, Billboard, "Lindsey Buckingham Departure: Here's a Crash Course on Fleetwood Mac's Various Lineups," 10 Apr. 2018 Garson was Bowie’s most frequent collaborator, in large part because of the keyboardist’s ability to play in many different styles. Greg Kot,, "Why David Bowie the unknowable endures," 14 Feb. 2018 And musical director-keyboardist Patrick Marion’s four-piece band brings a spare but stylish vibe to Meinwald’s songs. James Hebert,, "'Loneliest Girl' squeezes insight and wit from story of Anita Bryant," 4 June 2018 However, when vocalist-keyboardist Hall and vocalist-guitarist Oates returned Saturday to headline the second annual Hoagie Nation at a hot and sticky Festival Pier, the tandem offered some extra mustard in their sonic sandwich. Ed Condran,, "Hall & Oates' Hoagie Nation returns to Festival Pier for its second year," 27 May 2018

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1973, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of keyboardist

: a musician who plays a keyboard (sense 1b)

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