During his later years, he was a widower and was a Album) of Azalea Trace but continued his Jazz Society membership until the end. Allow me one jazz anecdote here. I purchased tickets for Betty and me and the other two couples.
Prior to the concert, Mrs. Miller was diagnosed with a malignancy, so that trip was cancelled for them. Also, there were complications which prevented the Veals from traveling. The concert was a sell-out so the Miller tickets were returned and re-sold. At one point during the concert, the announcer asked those to stand who had attended the original, concert. Anderson reported that he was sitting the box seats with Duke Ellington during the first concert.
Wednesday, Aug. Ah, the joys of a record reviewer! Two recordings were recently received featuring pianists. The Garner CD is elegantly packaged —the six-sided fold-out has four different photos of Garner and his group at that event.
Liner notes are by jazz journalist-historians Nate Chinen and Robin D. Kelly with song descriptions by Christian Sands. As most Garner fans know, and for newer fans the writers Album), Garner did not announce the tunes beforehand.
And the program schedule was also unknown to his accompanists. Garner would play an elaborate introduction which, in retrospect, might give a clue to the coming familiar jazz tune.
Then, he would go into the familiar melody and one could hear the audience sigh as they recognized the tune. At that time, of course, the accompanists would have recognized the tune, and what key he was playing in, and would start their accompaniment.
Most of those familiar with the Great American Songbook will recognize the majority of the tunes, Album). Another interesting aspect of the Garner concert was that it started at midnight. The Amsterdam Concertgebouw had been booked for a classical concert earlier that evening so the sell-out jazz crowd enjoyed the concert in the early-morning hours.
Additional info at: errollgarner. On some, he even uses a string section: two violins, viola, cello and string bass. Hook is featured on piano and vocals and is credited with many of the arrangements. Those familiar with New Orleans players will recognize many of the names here. The thirteen tunes are listed here so that the reader can appreciate the diversity of the selections, many of which were arranged by the pianist-vocalist headliner. Both these recordings will be available for patron check-out at the Jazz Room of the downtown West Florida Public Library.
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