Raised in the mecca of African-American artistic
expression in Philadelphia in the 1920's, Beryl Booker was
a pianist prodigy who never learned to read music. After
landing her first professional gig with Slam Stewart's trio in
1945, she recorded half-a-dozen excellent albums under
her own moniker, many of which she performs lead vocalist
duties in addition to pianist. As one of only a handful of
female players at the time, Beryl was accustomed to having
to prove herself in the jazz world of the forties and fifties.
Sadly, jazz history has largely overlooked many illustrious
contributions of female instrumentalist's.
Beryl played with an elite list of world renown jazz figures
including, Billie Holiday, Dinah Washington, Count Basie,
Miles Davis, Don Byas, and Slam Stewart