George Cables

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George Cables
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Background information
Born (1944-11-14) November 14, 1944 (age 71)
New York City
Genres Jazz
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Piano
Labels SteepleChase, Contemporary, Atlas
Associated acts The Cookers

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

Early life[edit]

Cables was born in New York City on November 14, 1944.[1] He was initially taught piano by his mother.[1] He then studied at the High School of Performing Arts and later at Mannes College (1963–65).[1] He formed the Jazz Samaritans at the age of 18 – a band that included Billy Cobham, Steve Grossman, and Clint Houston.[1]

Cables' early influences on piano were Thelonious Monk and Herbie Hancock.[1]

Later life and career[edit]

Cables has played with Art Blakey, Sonny Rollins, Dexter Gordon, Art Pepper, Joe Henderson, and many other well-established jazz musicians.[2]

His own records include the 1980 Cables' Vision with Freddie Hubbard among others.[3]

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.[1]


George Cables in 1984

As leader[edit]

Contemporary Records

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
  • 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[edit]

With Laurie Antonioli

With Art Blakey

With Joe Chambers

With Joe Farrell

With Chico Freeman

  • Focus (Contemporary, 1995)

With Curtis Fuller

With Billy Harper

With Eddie Henderson

With Joe Henderson

With Freddie Hubbard

With Bobby Hutcherson

With Eddie Marshall

With Art Pepper

With Max Roach

With Bud Shank

With Woody Shaw

With Archie Shepp


  1. ^ a b c d e f Rinzler, Paul; Kernfeld, Barry, Cables, George, Grove Music Online. Oxford Music Online. Oxford University Press, retrieved December 18, 2014, (subscription required (help)) 
  2. ^ Allmusic
  3. ^ Yanow, Scott. "Cables' Vision: Review". Allmusic. Retrieved 2010-12-27. 

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