George Cables

  • George Cables
  • Instruments: Piano

  • Biography:

    Being great within a tradition for a long time can lead to being overlooked, and the jazz pianist George Cables has some experience with that. Mr. Cables, Brooklyn-born, now 69, was a first-call jazz sideman in the ’70s and ’80s, with groups led by Art Blakey, Woody Shaw, Joe Henderson and Art Pepper, among others; he’s long been a presence, though not often a high-visibility one. This year he made a deeply beautiful record as a leader, “Icons and Influences” (HighNote), which recognizes some old masters and some old friends, including Mulgrew Miller and Cedar Walton, who both died last year. But it also makes a case for Mr. Cables himself as a significant leader and arranger of the jazz trio. Time to focus on him. He made a memorable live record at the Village Vanguard as Pepper’s pianist in 1977; from Tuesday to Sunday he’ll work at that club as a leader, with the bassist Essiet Okon Essiet and the drummer Victor Lewis. (178 Seventh Avenue South, West