Vince Guaraldi Trio

Essential Albums

About Vince Guaraldi Trio

Led by renowned pianist Vince Guaraldi, the Vince Guaraldi Trio maintained jazz’s relevancy through the 1970s, while becoming one of the genre’s best-selling acts of all time. ∙ “Cast Your Fate to the Wind,” the trio’s 1962 B-side single, earned Guaraldi a Grammy Award for Best Original Jazz Composition. ∙ He composed 17 of Charles M. Schulz’s Peanuts specials soundtracks—six of which peaked in the top 15 of Billboard’s Traditional Jazz Albums chart. ∙ Inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame and Library of Congress, the four-times Platinum A Charlie Brown Christmas soundtrack is the second best-selling jazz album ever. ∙ Early Guaraldi Trio drummer Jerry Granelli formed the free-jazz band Light Sound Dimension, who were recognized by the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame as pioneers of psychedelic music. ∙ Famed pianist George Winston paid tribute to Guaraldi on two cover LPs, released in 1996 and 2010, that peaked at No. 1 and No. 2 respectively on Billboard’s New Age Albums chart. ∙ Nicknamed Dr. Funk by his colleagues, Guaraldi’s previously unreleased single “Calling Dr. Funk” was posthumously issued in 2009 on the chart-topping LP The Definitive Vince Guaraldi.

California, United States of America
July 17, 1928