• Recollections: with Erroll Garner, Oscar Brown Jr., Gloria Gaynor, Odetta, and Ike & Tina Turner

    In the 1940s and 1950s, a young Ernest McCarty Jr. lived in a world awash with music. His mother conducted Thomas A. Dorsey’s Soloists Bureau—made up of Chicago’s best gospel singers—and the city’s nightclubs were home to jazz royalty such as Count Basie, Duke Ellington, and Miles Davis. A classically trained bassist himself, McCarty dreamed of playing with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra—but his hopes would eventually be dashed when he was barred from auditioning because he was African American. Recollections recounts McCarty’s triumphant story of breaking free from society’s stringent boundaries to achieve remarkable successes in the world of jazz and beyond. Full of tales about his time playing with legendary pianist Erroll Garner, his memoir also includes escapades with Ike and Tina Turner, a humorous incident while on tour with Gloria Gaynor, and much more. Present throughout is the fervor of the Civil Rights Movement, making Recollections a unique historical account of a pivotal time in US history. Passionate, funny, and told with the melodic cadence of a born storyteller, Recollections takes you on an unforgettable adventure through an age that’s all but forgotten.

    • ASIN: 1500767107

  • Smoketown: The Untold Story of the Other Great Black Renaissance

    A brilliant, lively account of the Black Renaissance that burst forth in Pittsburgh from the 1920s through the 1950s—“Smoketown will appeal to anybody interested in black history and anybody who loves a good story…terrific, eminently readable…fascinating” (The Washington Post). Today black Pittsburgh is known as the setting for August Wilson’s famed plays about noble, but doomed, working-class citizens. But this community once had an impact on American history that rivaled the far larger black worlds of Harlem and Chicago. It published the most widely read black newspaper in the country, urging black voters to switch from the Republican to the Democratic Party, and then rallying black support for World War II. It fielded two of the greatest baseball teams of the Negro Leagues and introduced Jackie Robinson to the Brooklyn Dodgers. Pittsburgh was the childhood home of jazz pioneers Billy Strayhorn, Billy Eckstine, Earl Hines, Mary Lou Williams, and Erroll Garner; Hall of Fame slugger Josh Gibson—and August Wilson himself. Some of the most glittering figures of the era were changed forever by the time they spent in the city, from Joe Louis and Satchel Paige to Duke Ellington and Lena Horne. Mark Whitaker’s Smoketown is a “rewarding trip to a forgotten special pla...

    • ASIN: 1501122428

  • Recollections: with Erroll Garner, Oscar Brown Jr., Gloria Gaynor, Odetta, and Ike & Tina Turner

    In the 1940s and 1950s, a young Ernest McCarty Jr. lived in a world awash with music. His mother conducted Thomas A. Dorsey’s Soloists Bureau—made up of Chicago’s best gospel singers—and the city’s nightclubs were home to jazz royalty such as Count Basie, Duke Ellington, and Miles Davis. A classically trained bassist himself, McCarty dreamed of playing with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra—but his hopes would eventually be dashed when he was barred from auditioning because he was African American.Recollections recounts McCarty’s triumphant story of breaking free from society’s stringent boundaries to achieve remarkable successes in the world of jazz and beyond. Full of tales about his time playing with legendary pianist Erroll Garner, his memoir also includes escapades with Ike and Tina Turner, a humorous incident while on tour with Gloria Gaynor, and much more. Present throughout is the fervor of the Civil Rights Movement, making Recollections a unique historical account of a pivotal time in US history.Passionate, funny, and told with the melodic cadence of a born storyteller, Recollections takes you on an unforgettable adventure through an age that’s all but forgotten.

    • ASIN: B07652GB13

  • Jazz Biography

    Erroll brought a rare mix of classical beauty and thrilling improvisation to the art of jazz piano that performers have sought to replicate ever since. Most of these are solos; all feature that unmistakable Garner touch: All of Me; Indiana; Cool Blues; Over the Rainbow; Laura; Love for Sale; Body and Soul 18 tracks!

    • ASIN: B000CZ0Q48
    • UPC: 778325551629

  • got garner? - White 20oz Stainless Steel Water Bottle with Carabiner

    Strap it to your bag and go! This white water bottle comes with a carabiner to strap it to anything you need on the go. Carabiner colors may vary.

    • Color: White
    • Brand: Molandra Products
    • ASIN: B0741GPBQV

  • got garner? - Frosted 10oz Glass Coffee Cup Mug

    This glass mug is quite classy. It features a frosted finish for those hot or cold liquids to be a little anonymous

    • Color: Frosted
    • Brand: Molandra Products
    • ASIN: B0742PMRJD