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2 January – Erroll Garner

Erroll Garner at the pianoErroll Louis Garner (15 June 1923 – 2 January 1977) was an American jazz pianist and composer known for his swing playing and ballads.

Garner began playing the piano when he was three and first appeared on the radio aged seven with a group called the Candy Kids. He was self-taught and played by ear – he never learned to read music.

As an adult, he toured extensively throughout the USA and overseas, pioneering a hard-swinging jazz style and helping to bridge the gap for jazz musicians between nightclubs and the concert hall.

He produced a large volume of recorded work and in 1947 played with Charlie Parker on the famous ‘Cool Blues’ session.

Garner wrote the jazz standard ‘Misty’, played here by the Erroll Garner Trio at the old BRT studio in Brussels, Belgium.

Information from all.about.jazz and Wikipedia

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