Erroll Garner Jazz Project
When renowned jazz artist Erroll Garner’s most famous album (and one of the best selling jazz albums of all time)”Concert by the Sea” celebrated its 60th Anniversary, the Erroll Garner estate sought to release the full unabridged concert in its entirety for the first time.
In partnership with the Erroll Garner Jazz Project, Sony Legacy, the Magic Shop Studio, and the late renowned jazz pianist Geri Allen, we extensively researched Garner’s story and co-produced “The Complete Concert by the Sea” - a GRAMMY and NAACP Image Award-nominated 3-CD box set, also available in vinyl.
The album includes key finds we uncovered and curated in our story search including: newly discovered audio interviews with the musicians following the concert, newly shot cover photography, a booklet of never-before-seen images from the concert, as well as newly penned text by modern day jazz scholars, an accompanying video trailer, social media content, and live events at the Monterey Jazz Festival and New Orleans Jazz Festival.
At the limited-engagement jazz festival performances, guests experienced a rare tribute to Garner’s virtuoso playing style through Geri Allen’s elaborate performances with two additional pianists, showcasing Garner’s truly extraordinary compositions to a modern day audience.
Our work also resulted in the donation of the full Erroll Garner multimedia archives to the University of Pittsburgh, an educational website, and digital database now available to researchers. The content we organized and made accessible has since been used in an exhibition and additional musical releases.