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Jane Jarvis

Jane Jarvis (Organist.  Born, Vincennes, IN, Oct. 31, 1915; died, Englewood, NJ, Jan. 25, 2010.)  On Apr. 17, 1964, Shea Stadium opened and Mets fans were treated to a new experience.  Jane Jarvis entertained the crowd at the organ.  A noted jazz artist and respected teacher, Jarvis was only the second organist to play regularly at […]

Eddie Layton

Eddie Layton (Organist. Born, Philadelphia, PA, Oct. 19, 1925; died, Forest Hills, NY, Dec. 26, 2004.) In one of the strange twists of fate, Eddie Layton began his college studies as a potential meteorologist minoring in music and wound up as the organist at both Yankee Stadium and Madison Square Garden. He was playing for […]

Gladys Goodding

Gladys Goodding (Organist.  Born, Macon, MO, June 18, 1893; died, New York, NY, Nov. 18, 1963.)  Gladys Goodding became the most famous organist in sports.  She was the first to play in major league baseball on a regular basis, but her career was actually launched at Madison Square Garden.  She began playing in the Garden […]

Paul Cartier

Paul Cartier (Organist.  Born, Yonkers, NY, Jan. 4, 1959.)  Latest in the distinguished line of New York sports organists, Paul G. Cartier succeeded Eddie Layton at Yankee Stadium in 2004.  Cartier began playing for Islanders games at Nassau Coliseum as Layton’s protégé in 1979 while still an undergraduate at Hofstra.  He continues to work Islanders games […]

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