Born Joan Shaw in Newport News, Virginia, a direct descendant of Crazy Horse, the Indian Sioux warrior. She moved to New York at the age of fourteen and a year later won the amateur night at Harlem's legendary Apollo Theater.
In music, time flies, styles unstoppably evolve, and bands come and go. But there are also rare stable, forward-moving forces on the scene, one prime example in jazz being the Yellowjackets.
One of the quirkiest pianists in jazz history, Erroll Garner's magic touch was laced with a fantastic swing and possessed of a great sense of humour. His playing always put a smile on people's faces.