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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


Article: Highly Opinionated

Give Your Regards to Broadway—and Hollywood

Read "Give Your Regards to Broadway—and Hollywood" reviewed by Con Chapman

Those who recognized the complexity and beauty of jazz early on--such as twentieth century French critic Hugues Panassié--rightly characterized it as American's unacknowledged classical music. Their sentiment came to fruition in the wrong way by the end of the century when the genre had fallen from its peak to its current lowly status, tied for last ...


Article: Interview

A Conversation With Les McCann

Read "A Conversation With Les McCann" reviewed by AAJ Staff

Les McCann has a new release on Joel Dorn's 32 Records entitled How's Your Mother?. I had an opportunity to chat with the pianist/vocalist from his home about the release, his humble beginnings in Kentucky, his distaste for the current trends in music, and about the highly successful album with Eddie Harris, Swiss Movement, recorded live ...


Article: Profile

Lilian Terry: Forever Sisters Of The Soul - Renaissance Jazzwomen

Read "Lilian Terry: Forever Sisters Of The Soul - Renaissance Jazzwomen" reviewed by Kerilie McDowall

I was warmly accepted by a giant such as Duke Ellington during his last seven years. He chose to be my friend, demanding my annual presence during his concert tours in Europe as his “good luck charm," and as his sounding board for all the phrases he would dictate to me, to be used later in ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Modern Jazz Quartet, Julius Hemphill & Xaver Hellmeier

Read "Modern Jazz Quartet, Julius Hemphill & Xaver Hellmeier" reviewed by Joe Dimino

Neon Jazz's New Year's Eve show kicks off with drummer Xaver Hellmeier and is followed by music from his mentor, Joe Farnsworth. We also spin new music from the likes of Hiromi, David Lopato, Jim Piela and Dylan Jazz. In between, we hear from masters including Erroll Garner, Julius Hemphill, Herbie Hancock and The Modern Jazz ...


Article: Book Review

Pepper Adams: Saxophone Trailblazer

Read "Pepper Adams: Saxophone Trailblazer" reviewed by David A. Orthmann

Pepper Adams: Saxophone Trailblazer Gary Carner 240 ISBN: #9781438494357 Excelsior Editions2023 Baritone saxophonist Pepper Adams was essential to this reviewer's formative years as a jazz enthusiast. During the 1970s, in Storrs, Connecticut, New York City, northern New Jersey, and Kansas City, Missouri, I had many opportunities to witness ...


Article: Album Review

Ahmad Jamal: Emerald City Nights: Live at The Penthouse, 1966-1968

Read "Emerald City Nights: Live at The Penthouse, 1966-1968" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

It was a time of warring nations, either within themselves or without. John Coltrane had fallen as Miles Davis was firing up the jazz/funk. It was a time of young men screaming, their bodies on fire. Black and white images of villages savaged and children starving. Into these unrivaled moments--they had just taken down ...

Article: My Favourite Things

Claudio Angeleri e il Questionario di Proust

Read "Claudio Angeleri e il Questionario di Proust" reviewed by Paolo Peviani

Compositore, pianista e didatta (è presidente del Centro Didattico Produzione Musica Europe), Claudio Angeleri ha appena pubblicato per la Dodicilune l'album Concerto. Un omaggio ai grandi lombardi della storia, della cultura e dell'arte, realizzato in compagnia di Gianluigi Trovesi al clarinetto, Giulio Visibelli a sax soprano e flauto, Gabriele Comeglio al sax alto, Marco Esposito al ...


Article: Album Review

Tsuyoshi Yamamoto Trio: A Shade Of Blue

Read "A Shade Of Blue" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Japanese pianist Tsuyoshi Yamamoto's Shade Of Blue is a classic trio outing, old school style. It sounds as if the ghost of Red Garland is hanging around, and Erroll Garner and Wynton Kelly are keeping him company. Yamamoto's trio, which includes bassist Hiroshi Kagawa and drummer Toshio Osumi--venerable musicians all--lays down a flawless set of familiar ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Carla Bley Tribute, Bartók Jazz, Hot Sax LPs

Read "Carla Bley Tribute, Bartók Jazz, Hot Sax LPs" reviewed by David Brown

This week includes jazz takes on Bela Bartók, a Set of Hot Sax and a look at Philly arranger Lee Lovett. The second half of the show will be dedicated to the compositions of Carla Bley who passed this week. Welcome friends and neighbors to The Jazz Continuum. Old, new, in, out... wherever the music takes ...


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