CANCELED - F102 Summer 2020 Erroll Garner: Virtuoso Jazz Pianist
Tuesdays, 11:50–1:15, July 21–July 28
Instructor: Michelle Blandburg
Erroll Garner was an iconic American jazz pianist and composer. He has been described as a distinctive pianist and a brilliant virtuoso. Jazz writer Scott Yanow said, “Using an orchestral approach straight from the swing era but open to the innovations of bop, his distinctive style could swing like no other.” But Garner was also skilled at creating ballads. His best-known composition, “Misty,” has become a jazz standard and was featured in Clint Eastwood’s 1971 film, Play Misty for Me. This course will feature music and video of this brilliant musician. The instructor had a special connection to Erroll Garner. Her father, bassist Eddie Calhoun, was a member of Garner’s trio for more than 10 years. She will share childhood memories of summer travels on the road with “the guys.” She will also read reminiscences about Garner from her father’s unpublished memoir, Big-Time Sharecroppers.
Michelle Blandburg is an OLLI Board member, a music and movie lover, and a repeat instructor. She enjoys all things theatrical, and she is an OLLI Player.