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, New York, U.S.
Genres Jazz
Occupation(s) Musician, composer
Instruments Piano
Labels Whynot, Contemporary, Toshiba, DIW, SteepleChase, Concord, Meldac, Soul Note
Website Cables' Official Site

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]


Jazz pianist 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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