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Garvin, Tom
Tom Garvin, highly regarded jazz pianist, accompanist, arranger, composer, lyricist, and producer died from cancer July 31, 2011. He was 67. Born February 4, 1944, in Petersburg, VA, he graduated from Peabody Conservatory and served in the US Army Field Band as pianist/arranger. After moving to LA, he relocated to NYC for a couple of years before returning permanently to LA. There he became well-known as a first-call accompanist for jazz singers. Garvin's melodic and inventive arrangements and compositions were sparked with fresh and unpredictable ideas. His self-styled, creative solos were memorable and his genuine and authentic critiques made him one of a kind. Tom enjoyed a rich musical career performing and recording with countless artists and bands including Yolanda Adams, Art Farmer, Jack Jones, Peggy Lee, Carmen McRae, George Mraz, Lou Rawls, Estelle Reiner, Michal Urbaniak, Bill Watrous, Phil Woods, Sy Zentner, Doc Severinsen and The Tonight Show. He leaves behind many friends and admirers including close, life-long friends, Tom Mitchell of Baltimore and Larry Revene of NYC. No service is planned at this time. Friends are invited to post to the online guest book, LATimes.com.

Published in the Los Angeles Times from Aug. 5 to Aug. 7, 2011
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