Erroll Garner Poster


Composer ("Misty") and pianist, the younger brother of Linton S. Garner. He was a professional pianist at age seven over KDKA radio in Pittsburgh. After his high school education, he entertained in high schools and theatres in New York and California, and was featured with the Slam Stewart Trio. Later, he formed his own trio, and appeared at the Paris Jazz Festival in 1948. He has made many records. Erroll Garner was the first jazz artist presented by impresario Sol Hurok, and he was among the first to give concerts in the outdoor circuits, and the first musician to present a concert-in-the-round in summer concert tents. His tours included a number of European visits, concerts, television appearances, and live venues including the Seattle World's Fair. Joining ASCAP in 1955, he collaborated musically with Edward Heyman and Johnny Burke. His other popular-song and instrumental compositions include "Dreamy", "Solitaire", "Blues Garni", "Trio", "Turquoise", "Other Voices", "No More Shadows", "Passing Through", "Dreamstreet", "Theme from 'A New Kind of Love'", "Paris Mist", "Play, Play, Play" (awarded the Prix du Disque in Paris) and "Erroll's Bounce".