Lanny Hartley is a jazz pianist, conductor and composer who began his career as the pianist for his church in Burlington, New Jersey. With a solid gospel music background he went on to study Music Education at Indiana University.
Jazz piano became his love and he performed with such great Jazz artists as Wes Alexandra, Ernie Andes, Jon Hendricks, Lou Rawls, Linda Hopkins, and Ernestine Anderson. Lanny has also played for such Pop Artists as Thelma Houston, The Fifth Dimension, Joe Tex, Syreeta Wright, Al Wilson, and David Clayton Thomas. He has been the Musical Conductor/Director for such shows as Aint Misbehavin: Tracks (Yolanda King); The Late Great Ladies of Blues and Jazz (Sandra Reeves): The Della Reese Musical Tour; and Dinah Was (New York, Los Angeles, and Williamstown).
Hartley screen credits include the television movie Sinatra, as a blind piano player, the motion picture Harlem Nights as a piano player, and as the church organist in the ABC television series Soul Man, starring Dan Ackroyd.
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