African Americans on Postage Stamps

Erroll Garner

Jazz Composer and Pianist

32-cent Erroll Garner stamp
The Erroll Garner stamp was issued September 16, 1995.

Jazz pianist Erroll Garner began playing piano when he was 3 years old and composed more than 200 works without ever learning to read music. He is considered a major jazz innovator, especially for his approach to melody, harmony, and rhythm. Garner is also renowned for playing with a spirit and joy that was infectious to his audiences. His best known song is “Misty.”

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