Encyclopedia of Jazz Musicians
Caldwell, George (Overall)
Caldwell, George (Overall), pianist/composer; b. Clarksdale, Mississippi, 19 October 1950. His father is George Overall Caldwell Jr. (b. December 8, 1922, Columbia, Missouri) and his mother is Levoria Sudduth Caldwell (b. November 10 1928, Starkville, Mississippi). His siblings are Charles Anderson Caldwell (b. November 2, 1945), Percy Lee Caldwell (b. August 12, 1947) and Toni Caldwell Hall (b. October 6, 1949).
George has attended Memphis State University, Oberlin Conservatory, and Manhattan School of Music. He has studied with Phineas Newborn, Jr., Edwin LaBounty (Memphis State 1964-69), Dan Fletcher (Memphis State 1969-72), Sanford Margolis (Oberlin 1974-76) and Dave Gilbert (Manhattan School of Music). He is currently enrolled in the Rutgers University M.M. program (2003-present).
He has played with The Count Basie Orchestra (seven years), The Duke Ellington Orchestra (three years) and Panama Francis and the Savoy Sultans and has performed at the Apollo Theatre.
He has also performed with Savion Glover,Dizzy Gillespie, Cab Calloway, Lou Rawls, Quincy Jones, Wynton Marsalis, George Benson, Joe Williams, Lionel Hampton, Shirley Bassey, Gregory Hines, Elvis Costello, Nancy Wilson, Art Blakey, Clifford Jordan, Frank Foster, George Coleman, Donald Harrison, Phineas Newborn, Jr., Jon Faddis, Nathan Davis, Manhattan Transfer, Luther Henderson, Mercedes Ellington, Benny Carter, Diane Schurr, Joe Newman, Richie Havens, The Inkspots, The Coasters, Max Roach, Tito Puente and Clark Terry.
He has served as musical director of many theatrical shows from 1972 to the present, including for the national touring companies of the 1985 Sophisticated Ladies," "Side By Side By Sondheim" and "Jacques Brel Is Alive And Well And Living In Paris" (both 1983), and the 1998-99 tour of "Bring in 'da Noise, Bring in 'da Funk." He was conductor and pianist for the NYC productions of "Black And Blue" in 1991, and in 1987 "Sophisticated Ladies." He served as Musical Director, Conductor, Arranger, Co-Composer for a 2000 edition of "Golden Boy " in Connecticut.
Grammy Winner 1996 pianist "Best Large Jazz Ensemble Performance "Count Basie Orchestra Live At Manchester Craftsmen's Guild (with The New York Voices);
W C Handy Award for Blues in Education
Nathan Davis: If (1976); Midtown Jazz Mobile: Bakatak (1982); Gerard Harris: No Strings Attached (1984); Dan Hope: Golden Ships (1985); Gerard Harris: Joseph's Path (1985); Bill Easley: First Call (1992); Hank Crawford: South Central (1992); The Count Basie Orchestra: Joe Williams Live at Orchestra Hall With Count Basie; Lewis Nash: Rhythm Is My Business; The Count Basie Orchestra: Basie's Bag (1994); Craig Bailey: A New Journey (1995); The Count Basie Orchestra: Live At Manchester Craftsmen's Guild (1996); Tito Puente/India: Jazzin (1996); Original Broadway Cast Album: Play On (1997)
Composed Score for "Rolling in Dough" Award -winning short (1990)
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