George Caldwell

George Caldwell (Pianist and Musical Director) is a veteran of Broadway, having conducted several shows such as Black and Blue and Play On!, as well as having served in orchestra pits for such hits as Bring In ‘Da Noise, Bring In ‘Da Funk, The Full Monty, and others. In addition to providing musical direction for the European tour of Black and Blue, and serving as associate conductor for the tour of Body and Soul in Europe, Caldwell has toured the regional circuit with many shows, including serving as musical director for the original musicals Thunder Knocking on the Door, Golden Boy at the Long Wharf, and tours of Cookin’ at the Cookery. Caldwell has also toured the world with the premier jazz orchestras of modern times. He played for three years with the Duke Ellington Orchestra, under the direction of Ellington’s son Mercer, and seven years with the Count Basie Orchestra, under the direction of Frank Foster and Grover Mitchell. The Basie Orchestra received a Grammy Award with Caldwell at the piano for the recording The Count Basie Orchestra Live at the Manchester Craftsman’s Guild (with the New York Voices). He has performed with many artists, performers as diverse as George Benson, Savion Glover, Lou Rawls, Elvis Costello, Art Blakey, Shirley Bassey, Freda Payne, Wynton Marsalis, Lionel Hampton, the Manhattan Transfer, Bobby McFerrin, Al Jarreau, The Coasters, Cab Calloway, Quincy Jones, Gregory Hines, Dizzy Gillespie and even Brenda Lee. Caldwell has composed and arranged the music for two musicals: The King Is a Fink, and Histrioniks. His recording credits are equally diverse, including a variety of musical styles, from original cast albums for Broadway shows to straight-ahead jazz; his latest release is Accord, available online at Amazon. His compositions and arrangements are recorded extensively.