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Erroll Garner

Born in Pittsburgh in 1921 (Sy Johnson's biographical note in The Erroll Garner Songbook has June 15, 1923 as Garner's birthdate), Errol Garner started playing piano at the age of two (three according to Johnson). He never learned to read music, probably because it was never a necessity for him. He learned to play the 'novelty' styles of Zez Confrey and others from listening to 78 records, a style which used steady left hand chord rhythms to support very free right-hand melodic interpretations. This provided a perfect basis for the hard-swinging jazz style that Garner was to pioneer.

At the age of seven, Garner began appearing on radio station KDKA in Pittsburgh with a group called the Candy Kids, and by the age of eleven he was playing on the Allegheny riverboats. Garner began to attract attention after he moved to New York in the early forties, and shortly afterwards he made his first recordings. By 1950, Garner had established himself an international reputation, and from that point until his death on January 2, 1977, he made countless tours both at home and abroad, and produced a huge volume of recorded work.

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Albums

The Complete Concert By The Sea
The Complete Concert...
Sony-Legacy Music
2015
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Erroll Garner: The Complete Concert By the Sea
Erroll Garner: The...
RCA Legacy; Columbia/Legacy
2015
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Swinging Solos +...
Mercury
2010
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Early In Paris
Early In Paris
Blue Music Group
2010
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Moonglow
Mercury
2008
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1953
1953
Classics
2006
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