by Robert Wilkinson
Besides Harry, Waylon, and Johnny, today’s also the birthday of piano legend Erroll Garner.
Because I have so much more to compose and still try to enjoy the weekend, the bio will be brief while the music performances won’t be! Erroll Garner (June 15, 1923 – January 2, 1977) was a virtuoso of swing, as well as a great composer. A self-taught “ear player,” he hit the stage at age 7, and by 11 was playing riverboats. To note, he was Johnny Carson’s “favorite jazz player,” no small honor!
Even though you’ll get the whole show down a few, we’ll kick off this birthday celebration via a classic live 1964 performance in Belgium, with Erroll giving us his signature hit “Misty”
Here’s another live performance of “Misty”
From 1964 in Brussels Belgium, a great show!
Erroll Garner in Brussels Pt 1 (5+ min)
Erroll Garner in Brussels Pt 2 (5+ min)
Here’s 35 minutes more from a different gig in 1964! Erroll Garner Live In Concert - 1964
From Studio 10 in 1972, Erroll cranking out the Stevie Wonder classic “For Once In My Life”
From 1972, “Earl’s Dream”
A few studio audio-only recordings.
We’ll close this audio-only section with Erroll giving us Duke’s major hit, “Take The A Train”
For our closer, a true gem! From European television, a great 63 minute film of Erroll live in 1963-64 called Erroll Garner – Europe 60s (A fantastic set list! “Erroll’s Theme,” “Fly Me To The Moon,” “I Get A Kick Out of You,” “It Might As Well Be Spring,” “Mambo Erroll,” “Misty,” “My Funny Valentine,” “One Note Samba,” “Sweet and Lovely,” “Thanks For The Memories,” “When Your Lover Has Gone,” and “Where or When.”)
Thanks for everything, Mister Jazz Man. Your music will be loved through all time.
Copyright © 2014 Robert Wilkinson