Erroll Garner was born in Pittsburgh, PA in 1923. He began playing the piano at the age of 3, and by the age of 11 was a local phenomenon. At the age of 21, Garner made his way to New York City, and played with legends such as Charlie Parker and Slam Stewart. Garner had a robust tour schedule and a large following of fans, as demonstrated by the string of house records for sold-out shows he set in Boston, Providence and San Francisco. Self-taught, Garner never learned to read music but played by ear.
–written by Lydia Kelow-Bennett
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Erroll Garner plays the piano. Photo from Gottleib Collection at the Library of Congress, provided by www.jazzphotos.comWilliam P. Gottlieb
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