A widely respected modern mainstream pianist, George Cables has successfully battled health problems in recent times and made a comeback. Born in New York City in 1944, he was classically trained. While attending Mannes College of Music, he formed the Jazz Samaritans with Steve Grossman and Billy Cobham. Cables recorded with Paul Jeffrey and Max Roach and in 1969 had a breakthrough due to a short stint with Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers and associations with Sonny Rollins (with whom he recorded Sonny Rollins’ Next Album) and Joe Henderson. Cables worked with Henderson into 1971 and was a major part of the groups of Freddie Hubbard (1971-76), Dexter Gordon (1976-78) and Art Pepper (1979-82).
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