Milt Garred


Originally from Virginia, Garred moved to Seattle sometime in the ’40s, where he was recruited by Ray Charles to play in his trio at the Rocking Chair, in 1948. A highly-respected time keeper with a fat sound, Garred was an inspiration to young players such as Chuck Metcalf and continued to play in Seattle with the top players, such as Gerald Brashear and Bob Winn, at such venues as the Lake City Tavern and Pete’s Poop Deck. Garred had problems with substance abuse and an uneven career, spending some time in prison.

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