Errol Garner was a Jazz pianist and composer who inspired his audience and transcended genre. He emerged from Pittsburgh's George Westinghouse High School, as did Billy Strayhorn and Ahmad Jamal. He left us too soon in 1977 aged only 53, and in many ways is lost to contemporary Jazz listeners. Marcus Roberts may come close at times to the amazing keyboard touch of Garner. Mack Avenue Records is out to remind us of Garner's genius with the release of Nightconcert, which features Garner at his peak, at a midnight performance at Amsterdam's Royal Concertgebouw in front of an enraptured audience. Garner plays selections from Cole Porter and Rodgers and Hart, and his own compositions. You can hear cuts from Nightconcert on Jazz Tones with Jay Edwards on 91.9 WCLK on Sundays from 3pm-7pm, as well as overnights Monday-Friday 10pm-2am on Serenade To The City.
By Aaron Cohen • Sep 2, 2018