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Stealing Apples

Johnny Guarnieri


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March 23, 1917 - January 7, 1985


Johnny Guarnieri performs Fats Waller's stride piano classic "Stealin' Apples."

New York born pianist Johnny Guarnieri was best known for his stride piano influenced by Fats Waller.

Guarnieri who was just as capable playing jazz as he was classical compositions often combined elements from both genres.

He performed briefly with the bands of Benny Goodman and with Artie Shaw during 1939 and 1940, remaining extremely busy as a sideman through the next decade.

The leader of his own group the "Johnny Guarnieri Swing Men" with whom he recorded for Savoy Records, he additionally cut sides with some top players of the period including Cozy Cole, Hank D'Amico, Charlie Christian, and Ben Webster.

The composer of more than one-hundred songs, he is thought to have made well over 1,000 recordings in his career and is featured on over 6,000.

Later Johnny Guarnieri began to teach, becoming well respected in the field of music education.

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