Ernie Hatfield

Piano, vocals.

Hatfield formed a gospel quartet in high school in Philadelphia and subsequently sang with the Four Keys, which backed up Ella Fitzgerald in 1942-43, recording with Ella for Decca. After a stint in the service, Hatfield came to Seattle with The Jimmy White Trio, playing piano, and in 1951 decided to make Seattle his home. Hatfield played regularly at the Tennis Club, in the Central District, with Floyd Standifer at the Flame, and in the 1980s and 1990s with the popular Inner City Jazz Quartet, with Jabo Ward (tenor saxophone) or Don Lanphere in the saxophone chair.

Jackson Street After Hours (print).