Support All About Jazz

All About Jazz needs your help and we have a deal. Pay $20 and we'll hide those six pesky Google ads that appear on every page, plus this box and the slideout box on the right for a full year! You'll also fund website expansion.


I want to help

Hank Garland

The South Carolina family had seemingly come all the way to Nashville for nothing. It was 1945, and an Opry star had invited their guitar-mad, 15-year-old son to join his band on the Ryman's hallowed stage. Now that star Paul Howard, leader of The Arkansas Cotton Pickens, could not remember the invitation he'd extended - in person in Spartanburg, South Carolina and then by phone-to young Walter Louis “Hank” Garland. His parents, skeptical at the invitations, had nonetheless brought their son to Nashville. Only when Hank's father reminded Howard of the phone calls did he remember: On tour, Howard had stopped at Alexander's Music Store in Spartanburg where Hank was buying a guitar string. The clerks praised the teenager's playing and handed him a guitar. After hearing him play, Howard offered him a job on the spot.

Read more

Albums

Videos

Similar

Premium Profiles

Chris Greco Chris Greco
reeds
Tony Adamo Tony Adamo
vocalist
Ryan Blotnick Ryan Blotnick
guitar
Nicolas Bearde Nicolas Bearde
vocalist
Karl Berger Karl Berger
band/orchestra
Ferit Odman Ferit Odman
drums
Chris Abelen Chris Abelen
trombone
Norman David Norman David
saxophone
Danny Freyer Danny Freyer
vocalist
Synia Carroll Synia Carroll
vocalist
Dan Papirany Dan Papirany
piano
Behn Gillece Behn Gillece
vibraphone

All About Vince Guaraldi!

An exclusive opportunity for All About Jazz readers to participate in the celebration of a jazz legend.