Erroll Louis Garner was an American jazz pianist and composer known for his swing playing and ballads. His best-known composition, the ballad "Misty", has become a jazz standard. Scott Yanow of Allmusic calls him "one of the most distinctive of. Erroll Louis Garner (J – January 2, ) was an American jazz pianist and composer known for his swing playing and ballads. His. Pittsburgh born Jazz pianist, prolific composer, concert hall artist, and recording star. Garner was one of the most well known and influential pianists in. Perhaps best known as the composer of "Misty," Erroll Garner was also one of the most original, intuitive and exciting pianists to emerge. Garner was born in Pittsburgh in He passed away from heart trouble in He was a twin, but the serious musical competition in his. Erroll Garner at the piano (photo courtesy of the Erroll Garner Jazz Project). “Angular Saxon”. Garner preferred to document his identity in. Erroll Gamer, the jazz pianist, died yesterday afternoon when he suffered a cardiac arrest in an ambulance going to Cedars Sinai Hospital in. Erroll Louis Garner. Profile: American Jazz pianist and composer, born 15 June in Pittsburgh, PA, USA and died 2 January in Los Angeles, CA, USA. Cicumstances surrounding the creation of Erroll Garner's COLUMBIA Records LP of THE MOST HAPPY PIANO (CL ) are quite unusual. The Erroll Garner Jazz Project is collaborating on a deep, retrospective reissue of the composer and piano prodigy's live work, marking his th birthday.