Erroll Garner / June 15, 1923 - Jan 2, 1977

Happy birthday to the revered pianist Erroll Garner, who inspired many future players to come and wrote the infamous "Misty". From Pittsburgh, he played early on with Charlie Parker and Slam Stewart before finding himself in his own world-renowned career, performing solo concerts of mesmerizing exploration of themes. He also often played in his trio.

He was a popular attraction, appeared on TV many times. I also love how he had to sit on phone books at the piano, given how short he was. His tune "Misty" was one of the obsessions in the disturbingly psychotic Clint Eastwood flick Play Misty For Me.

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