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composer , Jazz pianist

Erroll Garner, American composer, jazz pianist. Recipient French Prix du Disque for jazz recording, Paris, 1957; award album Concert by the Sea (Brazil), 1957; chosen best pianist International Jazz Critics Poll, Downbeat magazine, 1957; Man of Year award Variety Club, Pittsburgh, 1966; album That’s My Kick chosen as best piano album International Critics Poll, Jazz and Pop Magazine, 1967; key to numerous cities United States; others.

Background

Garner, Erroll was born on June 15, 1923 in Pittsburgh. Son of Ernest and Estella Garner.

Education

Educational public schools Professional piano debut, 1930. With radio program ensemble Candy Kids, KDKA, Pittsburgh. Accompanist dance orchestra, Pittsburgh.

Appeared Strand Theatre, New York City, 1946. Jazz recordings Columbia Records. Now recording for Octave Record Company, London Records.

Jazz musician Festival in Paris, 1949. Solo recital jazz Music Hall in Cleveland, 1950, concert Town Hall, New York City, 1950, Cleveland Symphony, 1957. On tour United States, 1958-1959.

Carnegie Hall Concert debut, 1959. Tours, soloist major symphony orchs. Composer for motion pictures.

Composer numerous compositions including Misty (title song film Play Misty for Me), Dreamy, Solitaire, Dreamstreet, That’s My Kick, Up In Erroll’s Room, Gaslight, Mood Island, Feeling Is Believing (best jazz piano album 1970 International Critics Poll of JAZZ and POP magazine), Gemini, Something Happens. Main themes for film A New Kind of Love, 1963.

Membership

Member A.S.C.A.P. Roman Catholic.

Connections

father:
Ernest Garner

mother:
Estella Garner