Mary Lou Williams in Pittsburgh - the 1940's

from Hear Me Talkin' To Ya: The Classic Story of Jazz as Told by the Men Who Made It, pages 364-365:

In Pittsburgh, my home town, I was told about a great young pianist just coming up… Erroll Garner, then going to Westinghouse High School with my niece. I arranged to visit a friend's house to hear Erroll and was surprised to find such a little guy playing so much. And he did not even read music. The next few days were spent just listening to him. He was original then, sounding like no one in the world but Erroll Garner. At one point, I tried teaching him to read [music, but]… he didn't want to bother… [so] I tried to guide him any way I could, as others had guided me. I realized…   more >>
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Nat Hentoff and Nat Shapiro, Hear Me Talkin' To Ya: The Classic Story of Jazz as Told by the Men Who Made It (London, 1992), p. 364-365. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1435933691517 accessed: 2 December, 2021

location of experience: Pittsburgh

Listeners

Mary Lou Williams
jazz pianist, Composer, Pianist
1910-1981

Listening to

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jazz-era piano music performed by Erroll Garner

Experience Information

Date/Time the 1940's
Medium live
Listening Environment in private, indoors

Originally submitted by 5011Henning on Fri, 03 Jul 2015 15:28:12 +0100
Approved on Mon, 05 Sep 2016 15:33:04 +0100