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Pitt library to house archive of Erroll Garner's career

| Sunday, June 14, 2015, 9:00 p.m.

An archive of the professional material of pianist Erroll Garner has been donated to the University of Pittsburgh Library System.

The collection includes photographs, sheet music, awards, sound and video recordings and contracts. It also has memorabilia including a sketch he did on a cocktail napkin in Paris and a phone book he sat on to boost his 5-foot-2 stature.

Garner (1921-77), composer of “Misty,” was a Pittsburgh native and Westinghouse High School graduate. The donation is being made June 15, which also is Garner's birthday. Sony Legacy recordings also is expected to announce the same day the release of “The Complete Concert by the Sea,” one of his best-known albums.

The donation was made by the estate of his late agent, Martha Glaser. Steven Smallowitz, a spokesman for the estate, says Pitt was given the archives because it has “one of the top-rated archival facilities in the country. It's also one of the few universities with a 45-year commitment to jazz studies.”

Those wishing to view or use the collection for research purposes may contact Ed Galloway at 412-648-5901 or

— Bob Karlovits

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