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FINE CONDITION

EROLL GARNER - JAZZ PIANIST

Autographed 7.5” x 10” glossy original photograph of a caricature of the legendary jazz pianist with an MGM Records tag.  He writes, Brst from Erroll Garner, Thank you.

Garner (1921 - 1977) is a seminal figure in the jazz world.  A virtuoso pianist who bridged the divide between stride, boogie woogie, swing and even bebop, he was entirely self trained and did not read a note of music.  Listening to one of his recorded performances, he croaks along with the music, just as Glenn Gould did in the classical world.

Garner began to play professionally in Pittsburgh clubs in 1938 at the age of  16 wioth the Leroy Brown Band, staying there until 1944.  He moved to New York City, initially serving as Art Tatum’s alternate in the Art Tatum Trio with bassist Slam Stewart and guitarist Tiny Grimes.  When Tatum quit to perform in concert-style performances for 80 minutes a night later that year, the trio became the Slam Stewart Trio and Garner was the pianist.  A year later, he formed the Erroll Garner Trio with Eddie Calhoun on bass and Kelly Martin on drums. His mix of styles with a steady bass line grabbed the public attention and they began touring.  Whilst in Los Angles in 1947, he ran into Charlie Parker who was making a record and at Parker’s request, performed in on the recording. The 1950’s and 1960’s were kind to Garner and he was one of the most televised jazz performers of the two decades.  Garner continued to perform extensively both with the trio, other jazz greats, both live and in performance.  He also, despire the handicap of not reading music also was a composer, the tune “Misty” was his most famous original work and it features in the film, “Play Misty For Me”.

An unusual jazz autograph, as we have not seen this image signed before. 

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