The GRAMMY Museum is thrilled to host a panel discussion celebrating the centennial of legendary pianist/composer, Erroll Garner. Panelists include Peter Lockhart (Senior Producer Erroll Garner Project), Steve Rosenthal (4x GRAMMY-winner & Erroll Garner Project Producer), Dr. Robin D. G. Kelley (Historian & Professor of History and Global Jazz Studies at UCLA), and Terri Lyne Carrington (3x GRAMMY-winning drummer, producer, and educator). Panelists discuss how newly released recordings and fresh scholarship reveal the critical contributions Garner made for artists’ rights and his lasting impact on music that persists through today.
Pittsburgh born Jazz pianist, prolific composer, concert hall artist, and recording star — Garner was one of the most well known and influential pianists in the world during his lifetime. Surrounded by a musical family, Garner was by all accounts self-taught — He began playing at the age of three and was performing professionally by the age of seven. Throughout his career, Garner developed a distinctive and original piano style often compared with Art Tatum, Fats Waller, as well as Claude Debussy.
Garner released music on over 40 labels, received multiple GRAMMY nominations, and recorded one of the greatest selling jazz albums of all time, Concert By The Sea. His published catalog contains nearly 200 compositions including “Misty”, which was named #15 on ASCAP’s list of the top songs of the 20th century. He scored for ballet, film, television, and orchestra. One of the most televised Jazz artists of his era, Garner appeared on TV shows all over the world, including: Ed Sullivan, Dick Cavitt, Steve Allen, Johnny Carson, and many others. His prolific career began on Allegheny riverboats and spanned from the clubs of 52nd street to the top concert halls of the world.
Erroll Garner’s musical and cultural legacy is perhaps stronger today than at any point since his untimely passing in 1977, when Erroll lost his battle with lung cancer at the age of 55. Thanks to the renewed efforts of Octave Music—the successor and namesake of the company Garner formed with his manager Martha Glaser in 1952— and it’s Erroll Garner Project, his music is once again finding fresh audiences through a series of new record releases, multimedia performances, and creative partnerships. The most recent releases this fall include a lavish boxed set, Liberation In Swing: The Octave Records Story & Complete Symphony Hall Concert, as well as a single LP/CD version, Symphony Hall Concert.