Photo by Gina GloverArtwork by George Glover George’s first impressions of jazz began with three albums, Cannonball Adderly, Bill Evans and Elvin Jones. No other music inspired him so, and as a young pianist he knew this was the form of music he wanted to play.
When George is performing solo piano or with his own ensembles, jazz is at the at the core of his piano style and improvisation is a key element in his playing, hence the caption above in the banner “real time music design”. George thinks saxophonist Steve Lacy, described improvisation best with his quote, “In 15 seconds the difference between composition and improvisation is that in composition you have all the time you want to decide what to say in 15 seconds, while in improvisation you have 15 seconds.”
Solo to Ensemble
George’s professional career started early while performing in the San Francisco bay area with local jazz ensembles and as the organist for a show group at Great America. At age 20, George toured with saxophonist John Handy opening for Richard Pryor, Grover Washington Jr., and George’s favorite band, Weather Report. He toured with numerous acts along the West Coast and Canada throughout the ’80 and, in the ’90s, teaming up with vocalist Nita Hamilton, and saxophonist Johnny Almond (of John Mayall and the Bluesbreakers and The Mark-Almond Band fame), this trio performed regularly on the Hornblower cruise liners and throughout the San Francisco bay area..
George’s solo piano experience comprises performing as house pianist for many bay area hotel and restaurant establishments. Currently George is the house pianist at three historic venues in downtown Walnut Creek: Scott's Seafood (Sunday, Monday & Tuesday), W.C. Marriott (1st and 3rd Wednesday), and Massimo's (weekends, for dates please see George's Gig Calendar page).
As a band leader and arranger, George has formed groups that range from two to six piece ensembles designed to accommodate restaurants, hotels and special occasions.
George can be seen performing with his trio and quartet featuring vocalist Nita Hamilton and the all new Lady Luck and the Fat Cats each month at the Marriott Hotel in Walnut Creek. For dates please see George's Gig Calendar page.