Elmer Gill

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Elmer Gill (born February 17, 1926 in Indianapolis , † May 28, 2004 in Vancouver ) was an American jazz musician ( piano , vibraphone , vocals ) who lived in Canada and was best known on the North American west coast.

Live and act

Elmer Gill played with Lionel Hampton in New York in the early 1950s . He later worked in the Seattle and Vancouver jazz scenes. Under his own name, he first presented an EP on Chet Noland's Celestial label , followed by the album The Three Sides Of Elmer Gill , which he recorded in 1968 with bassist David Friesen and drummer Al Johnson for the Vancouver- based label Aragon .

In 1978 he took part in recordings by Frank Rosolino / Carl Fontana ( Trombone Heaven ); In 1982 he performed with Eddie Lockjaw Davis in Calgary ( I Can't Hear for Listening ). In his later years, Gill performed regularly in Europe and Japan; in his band his son Donald played the drummer and Kohji Yohyama played the bass, stylistically based on the trio piano jazz of Erroll Garner and Ahmad Jamal .


Peter Watrous praised his " dancing, light touch, and the rhythmic self-assurance of a musician with 40-odd years of experience behind him " in the New York Times .

Discographic notes

  • The 3 Generations of Jazz - Live in Switzerland (1988)
  • As Presented at Benihana of Tokyo (Rada)

Individual evidence

  1. February Birthdays
  2. a b Farewell Jazzzeitung 11/2004
  3. a b c Peter Watrous: Review / Jazz; Elmer Gill With Drums And Bass in The New York Times
  4. With Third side is meant Elmer Gill singing.
  5. Uptown Records ( Memento of the original from April 8, 2012 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot / www.uptownrecords.net
  6. ^ Coda, Issues 182-187, 1982