Pianist, composer and educator, Michael Garrick (1933-2011) blended jazz with poetry, Indian music and the church, adventure and whimsy, in cutting-edge work with the likes of Joe Harriott, Ian Carr and Norma Winstone. Geoffrey Smith picks highlights from a stellar British career.
Looking forward to Christmas and back over 2018, Geoffrey Smith presents his seasonal miscellany, featuring festive treats from the likes of Aretha Franklin, Bessie Smith, John Coltrane and Woody Herman, plus a madcap Jingle Bells by scat-master Leo Watson.
Famed as “the most happy piano”, Erroll Garner (1921-77) has continued to delight fans with newly-discovered recordings of studio sessions and concerts. Geoffrey Smith picks highlights from these welcome additions to the joyous Garner legacy.