The Music Of Red Garland | St. Louis Public Radio

The Music Of Red Garland

Jul 5, 2015

Jazz Unlimited for July 5 will be “The Music of Red Garland.”  Pianist William “Red” Garland was born in Dallas, Texas and was an integral part of Miles Davis’s 1950’s groups and recorded prolifically for Prestige.  He developed a never repeated block chord technique that gave a shimmering sound to his playing.  Early in his life, Red was a middleweight boxer, fighting a young Ray Robinson.  He gave up boxing to save his hands, but his left-hand rhythms bounced with the rhythm of a boxer.  Red Garland was active from the early 1950’s until 1962, when he returned to Dallas to care for his ailing mother.  He returned to the scene in 1972 and worked until his death in 1983.  Tonight’s show will feature Red as a solo pianist, with his own trios, with Miles Davis, Sonny Rollins, John Coltrane and Arnett Cobb.

There are no photographs for the slide show this week.

There are no extant videos of Red Garland.

The Archive of this show will be available until the morning of July 13, 2015.