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 joined saxophonist John Handy's ensemble and performed many concert and club dates up and down the California coast. George continued performing throughout Canada and the western United States in Top 40 show groups.
George’s solo piano experience comprises performing as house pianist for bay area hotel and restaurant establishments. Currently, George is the house pianist each Sunday and Tuesday evening at Scott's Seafood in Walnut Creek.
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.