Keith Jarrett

by andrew on June 11, 2016

Place of Birth: Allentown, Pennsylvania, U.S.

Date of Birth: May 8, 1945

Ethnicity:
*German, Swiss-German (father)
*Slovenian (mother)

Keith Jarrett is an American pianist and composer. He performs both jazz and classical music.

Keith is the son of Irma (Kuzma) and Daniel M. Jarrett.

Keith’s paternal grandfather was Roscoe Quay Jarrett, Sr. (the son of John Henry Benjamin Jarrett and Maggie Jane Wieder). John was the son of Benjamin Jarrett and Tevilia Knappenberger. Maggie was the daughter of Stephen Weider and Matilda.

Keith’s paternal grandmother was Helen M. Scherer (the daughter of John Sherer and Minnie Eckert).

Keith’s maternal grandparents were Joseph Kuzma and Anna Temlin (the daughter of Louis Temlin and Clara).

Keith has been perceived as African-American, because of his appearance and music style. He has been described as “Irish and Hungarian” (New York Times) and “French-Hungarian” (Rolling Stone). His maternal grandparents were from the Austria-Hungarian Empire, but were evidently not ethnic Hungarians. According to Chris Jarrett (Keith’s brother), they were from Murska Sobota, Slovenia.

Sources: http://articles.mcall.com

Keith’s father on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Genealogy of Keith’s paternal great-grandfather, John Henry Benjamin Jarrett (focusing on his own mother’s side) – https://www.ancestry.ca

Genealogies of Keith’s paternal great-great-grandparents, Benjamin Jarrett and Tevilia Knappenberger – https://www.findagrave.com

Genealogies of Keith’s paternal great-great-great-grandparents, John Philip Knappenberger and Maria Barbara Stettler – https://findagrave.com

Keith’s mother on the 1940 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

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andrew August 20, 2017 at 5:57 pm
andrew June 22, 2016 at 2:51 pm

correction:

Keith’s paternal grandfather: http://articles.mcall.com

andrew June 12, 2016 at 6:44 pm

You should add that he has been often perceived as African-American, because of his appearence and music style. He has been described as “Irish and Hungarian” (NYT), ” French-Hungarian” (Rolling Stone), “of either French or Scots-Irish descent” (Wikipedia). His maternal grandparents were from Austria-Hungary Empire but they weren’t ethnic Hungarians. According to Chris Jarrett, (Keith’s brother), they were from Murska Sobota, Slovenia.

http://www.vendvidek.com/contactd.php

fuzzybear44 June 12, 2016 at 11:46 pm

I’ve Seen this guy before. He reminds me of this women whose entire family was from Turkey. She took a DNA test, and it showed that she was 17% SSA. She Kept insisting her family was from Turkey. I’m not saying this guy and his brothers are part black, Just saying I suspect something else in the bloodline

andrew June 13, 2016 at 5:41 am

His paternal family is of wealthy stock (the first link is the obituary of his paternal grandfather). His maternal grandparents are recent immigrants from Hungary (who knows, maybe they were Jews of Gypsies, but I don’t think so)

IMO Keith looks a bit like Rihanna’s father. But I believe that he just has some atypical features, he could be fully Caucasian.

http://www.irishtimes.com/polopoly_fs/1.2435243.1447870434!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_620_330/image.jpg

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