WKCR announces a special broadcast celebrating the 102nd birthday of American pianist Erroll Garner, broadcast on FM and HD radio and online for 24 hours on Thursday June 15th, 2023. The broadcast will preempt all regularly-scheduled Thursday shows.
Born on June 15, 1921, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Erroll Garner was a highly influential jazz pianist and composer. Known for his distinctive style and virtuosic improvisation, Garner's music encompassed elements of swing, bebop, and stride piano. His performances were characterized by his unique "stride-inflected" left hand, which provided a solid rhythmic foundation while his right hand explored intricate melodic variations. Garner's talents earned him widespread acclaim, and he became a sought-after collaborator, playing with notable jazz luminaries such as Charlie Parker and Dinah Washington. He also achieved great success as a solo artist, with his signature tune "Misty" becoming a beloved jazz standard. Beyond his extraordinary piano skills, Erroll Garner's warm and charismatic stage presence endeared him to audiences worldwide.
Today, Garner's influence can still be felt in the jazz community, as his unique approach to improvisation and his innovative use of harmony continue to inspire and captivate musicians of all generations. His timeless recordings and compositions have solidified his place as one of the true legends of jazz, and his musical legacy remains cherished by fans around the globe. Follow WKCR on Instagram (@wkcr) and Twitter (@WKCRFM) for further updates. Online listening is available 24/7 at wkcr.org via our web stream