Red Garland

Jazz pianist Red Garland in 1978 (or 77)/ Photo by Brian McMillen / CC BY-SA 3.0

Red Garland

William ‘Red’ Garland, born on May 13 in Dallas, Texas, was an American jazz pianist. He influenced many jazz pianists and was known for his block chords in his piano playing.

Garland became famous in 1954 when he joined the Miles Davis Quintet consisting of: Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Garland himself, Philly Joe Jones and Paul Chambers.

A well-known recording of him is his piano trio arrangement of Billy Boy.

Red Garland died on April 23, 1984 in Dallas, Texas, at the age of 60.



Red Garland Jazz Piano Collection cover