Erroll Garner Day
June 15, 1923 – January 2, 1977
Jazz 625 in ’64
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Pianist Erroll Louis Garner was born June 15, 1921 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Garner was best known for his ballads and his swing style.
Garner was self-taught and began playing piano at the age of three.
He never learned to read music, always playing by ear. By age seven, he was appearing on local radio playing with a group called the Candy Kids.
His most famous composition, “Misty,” is a jazz standard that is still played today.
After moving to New York in 1944 he made his first recordings and performed for a brief period with bassist Slam Stewart.
Although Erroll could not write music he often recorded his ideas on tape for later transcription. Among his best known compositions, “Misty” is now considered a standard.
Erroll Garner would record with Charlie Parker in 1947 and continuing his own career in 1955 released the best-selling live jazz album “Concert by the Sea.”
Erroll Garner performs on an October 22, 1964 episode of the TV series “Jazz 625.”
Erroll Garner, piano
Eddie Calhoun , bass
Kelly Martin, drums
1 “Honeysuckle Rose”
2 “No More Shadows”
3 “Mambo Erroll”
4 “Penthouse Serenade”
5 “Jeannine, I Dream of Lilac Time”
6 “On the Street Where You Live”
7 “I Could Have Danced All Night”
8 “A New Kind Of Love”
9 “The lady is a tramp”