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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Recent Examples on the Web Throughout the 11-track song-cycle, the singer and keyboardist explores the emotional push and pull of life. Chrissie Dickinson,, "Ben Zaidi’s electro pop came to life in the solitude of a cabin in the woods," 21 Nov. 2019 Ken Adamany, a keyboardist at the University of Wisconsin who would go on to manage Cheap Trick, remembers meeting Miller in 1961 after the guitarist arrived on campus to study comparative literature. Geoff Edgers, Washington Post, "Steve Miller cracked the code of 1970s radio. But he’s still raging against the music industry.," 4 Oct. 2019 Guest appearances include founding E Street Band keyboardist David Sancious as well as sometime E Street Band players Charlie Giordano and Soozie Tyrell. Chris Eggertsen, Billboard, "Bruce Springsteen to Release 19th Studio Album 'Western Stars' on June 14," 25 Apr. 2019 Ralph Quinke/ECM Records Lyle Mays, a keyboardist, composer and arranger best known for his long association with the guitarist Pat Metheny, died on Monday in Simi Valley, Calif. Peter Keepnews, New York Times, "Lyle Mays, 66, Pat Metheny Group Keyboardist, Is Dead," 12 Feb. 2020 Now that the Band’s vocalists are dead—the wizardly keyboardist Garth Hudson is the only other surviving member—the characters that Robertson concocted for his bandmates loom even more mythic. John Seabrook, The New Yorker, "The Band, Disbanded," 9 Mar. 2020 The music also features fine contributions from keyboardist/singer Dennis Curley, guitarist Dean Magraw and, on Thursday, fiddler Kelsey Lutz. Rob Hubbard, Twin Cities, "Review: Kick back and have a good time at a ‘Holiday Hooley’," 20 Dec. 2019 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame nominees The Doobie Brothers today announced a 30-city North American tour to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the band’s founding -- one that will include singer/keyboardist Michael McDonald. Variety Staff,, "Doobie Brothers reunite with Michael McDonald, announce 50th anniversary tour, including a stop in Chicago area," 19 Nov. 2019 Mollo Rilla was formed two years ago by four friends: Ciofani, bassist Austin Adams, drummer Joey Shannon and keyboardist Simeon Ruple. Anne Nickoloff,, "Mollo Rilla puts out summery new single ‘Sangria’," 7 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of keyboardist

1973, in the meaning defined above

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16 May 2020

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“Keyboardist.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 May. 2020.

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

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