Mike Garson Tickets
Born in 1945, Mike Garson is a pianist and keyboard player who has worked at length as a session musician for rock acts, as well as being a distinguished jazz performer in his own right. He is probably most recognised for his keyboard work for the legendary David Bowie, with whom he worked extensively. Garson has also played the piano for acts as diverse as Nine Inch Nails, Free Flight and Billy Corgan. He also worked with the Smashing Pumpkins for a spell. As a solo performer, Garson is known for his ability to improvise on themes and provide variations. He often plays well-known music, such as film scores, on his own at the piano and turns them into new works that are almost entirely performed in his own jazz style.
Mike Garson's early career
Having gained his music degree in 1970 from Brooklyn College in New York City, Garson went on to form Brethren, a rock, country and jazz band, with some like-minded musicians. The band occasionally collaborated with Dr. John, another legendary pianist. Later in the early 1970s, Garson laid down some piano for an album for the experimental musician, Annette Peacock, known for synthesizing her voice. David Bowie asked Peacock to tour with him, and although she declined, Garson took up the offer and began an intense collaborative relationship with the English singer.
Mike Garson's work with Bowie
Garson played the piano and all of the keyboard backing work during the second Ziggy Stardust tour that Bowie conducted in 1972 and 1973. Following Bowie's image change, Garson recorded with the artist on the critically acclaimed Aladdin Sane of 1973. This work was packed with Garson's harmonically challenging jazz solos, which were very avant-garde, especially considering they were being recorded for a mainstream rock album. Garson went on to contribute to many other seminal albums by Bowie, including Diamond Dogs, Young Americans and The Buddha of Suburbia, to name but three.
Mike Garson's other collaborations
An in-demand session musician in the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s, Garson collaborated with many other musicians. He toured with Mick Ronson's solo band, for example. Garson also played the piano for some tracks by No Doubt. In 1976, he contributed to a one-off album by the Spiders from Mars, this time without Bowie providing lead vocals.
Mike Garson's solo work
Avant Garson was released in 1979, showcasing the pianist's solo skills for the first time. Many albums followed, such as Jazzical of 1982. Lost in Conversation is a more recent 11-track release, put out in 2008.
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