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Pianist George Cables Interviewed at AAJ

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Throughout his more than four decades playing jazz, pianist George Cables has been among the most sought after, dependable and talented players on the scene.

Born in New York City on November 14, 1944, Cables cut his teeth barely out of his teens and hasn't looked back, appearing on hundreds of recordings. Whether a sideman for a timeless luminary, taking the lead with his own band or playing solo, Cables' aggressive, flowing style and distinctive sound have made him a favorite among fans and fellow musicians.

In November, 2007 Cables was dealt a severe medical blow when he underwent simultaneous kidney and liver transplants. The jazz community, including many of Cables' past band mates, rallied to support him a month later at Yoshi's in Oakland and New York City's Sweet Rhythm with star-studded benefits to help defray his medical expenses. Thankfully, Cables' convalescence is ahead of schedule and he has gradually returned to recording and live shows. He has just released a pair of new CDs and will share a solo piano bill with Cecil Taylor as part of the 2008 JVC Jazz Festival.

Check out Terrell Kent Holmes' interview with the revitalized pianist, George Cables: Back in Action at AAJ today!

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