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George Cables

George Cables

American jazz pianist
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Intro American jazz pianist
Countries United States of America
Occupations Pianist Composer Jazz musician
Gender male
Birth 14 November 1944 (New York City)
Star sign Scorpio
George Cables
The details

George Andrew Cables (born November 14, 1944) is an American jazz pianist and composer.

Early life

Cables was born in New York City on November 14, 1944. He was initially taught piano by his mother. He then studied at the High School of Performing Arts and later at Mannes College (1963–65). He formed the Jazz Samaritans at the age of 18 – a band that included Billy Cobham, Steve Grossman, and Clint Houston.

Cables' early influences on piano were Thelonious Monk and Herbie Hancock.

Later life and career

Cables has played with Art Blakey, Sonny Rollins, Dexter Gordon, Art Pepper, Joe Henderson, and many other well-established jazz musicians.

His own records include the 1980 Cables' Vision with Freddie Hubbard among others.

From 1983 Cables worked in the project Bebop & Beyond. He left later in the 1980s, but returned for guest appearances on two early 1990s albums, before rejoining in 1998.


George Cables in 1984

As leader

Contemporary Records

  • 1979 Circle with Joe Farrell, Ernie Watts, Rufus Reid, Eddie Gladden
  • 1979 Cables' Vision with Freddie Hubbard, Ernie Watts, Bobby Hutcherson, Tony Dumas, and Peter Erskine
  • 1985 Phantom of the City
  • 1987 Double Image with Frank Morgan
  • 1987 By George

Atlas Records

  • 1980 Some of My Favorite Things with Tony Dumas, Billy Higgins
  • 1982 Old Wine, New Bottle with David Williams, Carl Burnett
  • 1982 Wonderful L.A. with David Williams, Carl Burnett
  • 1983 Sleeping Bee with David Williams, Carl Burnett
  • 1987 Whisper Not with Tony Dumas, Peter Erskine

SteepleChase Records

  • 1993 I Mean You with Jay Anderson, Adam Nussbaum
  • 1994 Beyond Forever with Joe Locke, Santi Debriano, Victor Lewis
  • 1995 Cables Fables with Peter Washington, Kenny Washington
  • 1994 Quiet Fire with Ron McClure, Billy Hart
  • 1995 Person to Person solo
  • 1995 Skylark with Jay Anderson, Albert Heath
  • 1996 Dark Side, Light Side with Jay Anderson, Billy Hart
  • 2000 Bluesology with Jay Anderson, Billy Drummond
  • 2001 One for My Baby with Jay Anderson, Yoron Israel


  • 1975 Why Not (Whynot) with Tony Dumas, Carl Burnett
  • 1982 Goin' Home (Galaxy) with Art Pepper
  • 1982 Tête-à-Tête (Galaxy) with Art Pepper
  • 1984 The Big Jazz Trio (Eastworld) with Stanley Clarke, Peter Erskine
  • 1991 Night and Day (DIW) with Cecil McBee, Billy Hart
  • 1994 Maybeck Recital Hall Series Volume 35 (Concord) solo
  • 2000 Alone Together (Groove Jazz) with Philippe Soirat, Carlos Barretto
  • 2001 Senorita de Aranjuez (Meldac) with George Mraz, Victor Lewis
  • 2002 Shared Secrets (MuseFX) with Bennie Maupin, Gary Bartz
  • 2003 Looking for the Light (MuseFX) with Gary Bartz, Peter Washington, Victor Lewis
  • 2006 A Letter to Dexter (Kind of Blue) with Rufus Reid, Victor Lewis
  • 2010 You Dont Know Me (Kind of Blue)
  • 2012 My Muse (HighNote) with Essiet Essiet, Victor Lewis
  • 2014 Icons & Influences
  • 2015 In Good Company

As sideman

With Laurie Antonioli

  • Soul Eyes (Catero, 1984)

With Art Blakey

  • Child's Dance (Prestige, 1972)

With Joe Chambers

  • The Almoravid (Muse, 1974)

With Joe Farrell

  • Sonic Text (Contemporary, 1979)

With Chico Freeman

  • Focus (Contemporary, 1995)

With Curtis Fuller

  • Crankin' (Mainstream, 1971)

With Billy Harper

  • Capra Black (Strata-East, 1973)

With Eddie Henderson

  • Comin' Through (Capitol, 1977)

With Joe Henderson

  • If You're Not Part of the Solution, You're Part of the Problem (Milestone, 1970)

With Freddie Hubbard

  • High Energy (Columbia, 1974)
  • Liquid Love (1975)

With Bobby Hutcherson

  • Waiting (Blue Note, 1975)
  • Knucklebean (Blue Note, 1977)
  • Highway One (Columbia, 1978)
  • Conception: The Gift of Love (Columbia, 1979)
  • Un Poco Loco (Columbia, 1979)

With Eddie Marshall

  • Dance of the Sun (Muse, 1977)

With Art Pepper

  • The Trip (Contemporary, 1976)
  • No Limit (Contemporary, 1977)
  • Thursday Night at the Village Vanguard (Contemporary, 1977 [1979])
  • Friday Night at the Village Vanguard (Contemporary, 1977 [1979])
  • Saturday Night at the Village Vanguard (Contemporary, 1977 [1979])
  • More for Les at the Village Vanguard (Contemporary, 1977 [1985])
  • San Francisco Samba (Contemporary, 1977 [1997])
  • So in Love (Artists House, 1979)
  • Artworks (Galaxy, 1979 [1984])
  • Landscape (Galaxy, 1979)
  • Besame Mucho (JVC, 1979 [1981])
  • Roadgame (Galaxy, 1981 [1982])
  • Art Lives (Galaxy 1981 [1983])
  • APQ (Galaxy, 1981 [1984])
  • Arthur's Blues (Galaxy, 1981 [1991])
  • Art Pepper: Unreleased Art, Vol. 1 (APM 2006)

With Max Roach

  • Lift Every Voice and Sing (Atlantic, 1971)
  • To the Max! (Enja, 1990–91)

With Bud Shank

  • Yesterday, Today and Forever (Concord Jazz, 1983) with Shorty Rogers
  • California Concert (Contemporary, 1985) with Shorty Rogers
  • That Old Feeling (Contemporary, 1986)
  • Quiet Fire (Contemporary, 1991)

With Woody Shaw

  • Blackstone Legacy (Contemporary, 1970)
  • Song of Songs (Contemporary, 1972)
  • Woody III (Columbia, 1979)

With Archie Shepp

  • Archie Shepp
  • California Meeting: Live on Broadway (Soul Note, 1985)

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