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Erroll Garner

Born in Pittsburgh in 1921 (Sy Johnson's biographical note in The Erroll Garner Songbook has June 15, 1923 as Garner's birthdate), Errol Garner started playing piano at the age of two (three according to Johnson). He never learned to read music, probably because it was never a necessity for him. He learned to play the 'novelty' styles of Zez Confrey and others from listening to 78 records, a style which used steady left hand chord rhythms to support very free right-hand melodic interpretations. This provided a perfect basis for the hard-swinging jazz style that Garner was to pioneer. At the age of seven, Garner began appearing on radio station KDKA in Pittsburgh with a group called the Candy Kids, and by the age of eleven he was playing on the Allegheny riverboats

Disgruntled Masters

Read "Disgruntled Masters" reviewed by Mr. P.C.

Dear Mr. P.C.: Is it okay to grunt or hum while playing the piano? I'm looking for a career in jazz but don't have any musical talent, but I'm pretty sure I could figure out a way to remaster the great tunes from the likes of Oscar and Erroll to exclude the annoying 'hum' ...

Campus Concert

Label: Mack Avenue Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Indiana (Back Home Again In Indiana); Stardust; Mambo Erroll; Lulu's Back In Town; Almost Like Being In Love; My Funny Valentine; These Foolish Things (Remind Me Of You); In The Still Of The Night; Le Petite Mambo.

That's My Kick

Label: Mack Avenue Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: That’s My Kick; The Shadow Of Your Smile; Like It Is; It Ain’t Necessarily So; Autumn Leaves; Blue Moon; More; Gaslight; Nervous Waltz; Passing Through; Afinidad; She Walked On.

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Miles Davis & Erroll Garner

Read "Miles Davis & Erroll Garner" reviewed by Joe Dimino

This week we open with an illuminating conversation with legendary percussionist Munyungo Jackson in which we also touched upon his mentor Miles Davis. We then feature music by Kansas City saxophonist Todd Wilkinson and new releases by Michael Wolff and Kat Vokes, whom we interviewed a few days ago. Thanks for listening! Playlist Munyungo ...

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Erroll Garner: Campus Concert

Read "Campus Concert" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

In the history of recorded music, whether it be cave holler, rock, rap, jazz, country or take your pick, there are not a lot of albums that hold one's attention and imagination like the epic Concert By The Sea (Legacy, 2015). But somehow Erroll Garner's other live albums such as this one, the last released in ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Erroll Garner: That's My Kick

Read "That's My Kick" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

Great good luck, even in this news weary day, that Erroll Garner remains the personification of that mythical vaudeville buoyancy that can hold us in its sway, lifting us from all our daily unrest. We're fortunate to be in a time when we can re-explore, rediscover and perhaps even re-imagine Garner's continued impact and influence.

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Emmet Cohen: Masters Legacy Series Volume 4: Emmet Cohen Featuring George Coleman

Read "Masters Legacy Series Volume 4: Emmet Cohen Featuring George Coleman" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

So here we are, nearly knocking on the door to February 2020, and we're listening to the second of Emmet Cohen's two entrancing, late 2019 releases: Masters Legacy Series Vol. 4 Emmet Cohen featuring George Coleman--a good harbinger for the new year. And heaven knows we could use a boatload of good harbingers these exhausting days. ...

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Erroll Garner: Campus Concert

Read "Campus Concert" reviewed by Peter J. Hoetjes

Erroll Garner's sixth album on the Octave label would mark a pivotal moment in his career. Not only would Campus Concert be his final live recording, it would be the last to include bassist Eddie Calhoun and drummer Kelly Martin, who comprised his trio for almost a decade. It remains unclear why, after such remarkable success ...

Octave Remastered Series

Label: Mack Avenue Records
Released: 2019
Track listing: Dreamstreet: Just One Of Those Things; I'm Getting Sentimental Over You; Blue Lou; Come Rain Or Come Shine; The Lady Is A Tramp; When You're Smiling; Sweet Lorraine; Dreamstreet; Mambo Gotham; Oklahoma! Medley; By Chance; Close Up In Swing: You Do Something To Me; My Silent Love; All Of Me; No More Shadows; St. Louis Blues; Some Of These Days; I'm In The Mood For Love; El Papa Grande; The Best Things In Life Are Free; Back In Your Own Backyard; Octave 103. One World Concert: The Way You Look Tonight; Happiness Is A Thing Called Joe; Sweet And Lovely; Mack The Knife; Other Voices; Lover Come Back To Me; Misty; Movin' Blues; Dancing Tambourine; Thanks For The Memory. A New Kind Of Love: You Brought A New KInd Of Love To Me; Louise; Fashion Interlude; Steve's Song; Paris Mist (Bossa Nova version); Mimi; Theme From A New Kind Of Love; In The Park In Paree; Paris Mist (Waltz and Swing Version); The Tease; Paris Mist (Trio Version).


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