“Greg Murphy began his musical adventures in 1971 when he joined the Ray-Fisk Grammar School Band in Chicago. His classical studies began later that year with Lucia Santini at Roosevelt University. Between 1980 and 1984, he played with the jazz/funk band Lightning Flash Thunder Roar, The University of Illinois at Chicago Big Band, The Northern Illinois University Big Band, and other local Chicago bands.I was playing in pop bands when I got started in Chicago, before I started getting deeply into jazz,” says the pianist-composer, who got a grant to study with Ellis Marsalis in New Orleans during the mid ‘80s.An experienced improviser, composer, arranger and teacher, Greg Murphy has led, directed and performed with various groups around the world for the past three decades. Greg moved to New York in 1987 and began what had become a long association with multi-directional drummer, Rashied Ali. Greg performed and recorded with Ali and his various groups throughout Europe, Canada, the United States and beyond, from 1987 until Rashied passed away in 2009. Sit back and enjoy this conversation with pianist Greg Murphy
Songs in order from his latist CD "Summer Breeze" 1, Solid 2, Suspended Time 3, No One in Particular 4, A Reason To Smile 5, Expedition 6, Cedar Salad for more information www.gregmurphyjazz.com
Trumpeter Al Strong being introduced to jazz music at the age of 15, Al Strong has worked diligently to master and refine his musical passions. Raised in Washington, DC, Strong undoubtedly carries an affinity for dance music of all disciplines, which carries over in his sound and demeanor. In addition to having the pleasure of performing for artists such as Branford Marsalis, Aretha Franklin, Clay Aiken, and Lind Eder, you can hear Al Strong's sound on a number of other projects available for distribution. These artists include The Foreign Exchange, Yazarah, Soul Understated featuring Mavis "Swan" Poole, and, The Foreign Exchange, along with others. Strong also balances his affinity for music with adjunct teaching responsibilities at North Carolina Central University, as well as festivals, shows, and summer jazz camps with his non-profit organization, The Art of Cool Project.
Songs in Order 1, Getaway 2, Fond of You 3, Liquid 4, Blue Monk 5, Ci's Blues 6, Was
All songs from the CD LoveStrong Vol 1 For more information www.alstrongmusic.com, Itunes
For nearly fifty years jazz guitarist Calvin Keys has been a leader of his own bands, producer of his recordings and on first call for his exceptional style as an accompanist and soloist by many other legends of jazz!
It was in Calvin's birth city of Omaha that he secretly starting to teach himself to play on his uncle's Gibson after being warned away from the instrument. It was on one such occasion that his uncle caught him and he was so impressed that he gave him the guitar. Thank goodness for that uncle!!
At age 16 he first played guitar professionally mostly on popular music and blues gigs. Soon after a friend turned him on to Miles Davis and that's when he shifted his direction towards jazz! As Calvin says it was “something new to explore”. Around this time Calvin was also introduced to the father of electric guitar, Charlie Christian whom Calvin has referred to as “the master be bopper”, Keys continues “before Charlie Christian the guitar was a chordal instrument, he started using it as a soloinstrument”.
For more information about Calvin Keys go to his website www.calvinkeys.com
Sonds in Order 1 Isotope "Calvinesque" 2 West Coast Blues "Hand Made Portrait" 3 Drunk Monk "Vertical Clearance" 4 Woody 'N You "Blue Moon Ahmad Jamal" 5 Shawn Neeg "Electric Keys" 6 Proceed with Caution "Electric Keys
James Spaulding Born in Indianapolis, Indiana, after a period in the US Army he moved toChicago in 1957. There he joined the Sun Ra Arkestra, making several recordings and remaining through 1959. He subsequently freelanced as a studio musician and occasionally led his own groups before returning to Indianapolis in 1961. On relocating to New York City in 1963, he recorded extensively for Blue Note Records as a sideman. He was also a member of theWorld Saxophone Quartet for a time.
Songs in order 1, Time to go 2 (SP) "Round to it" 2, Monk You (SP) "Blues Up and Over" 3, Henry Street (SP) "Blues Up and Over 4, Prophet Jenning (FH) "Hub-Tones 5, Ben (DM) "Hope Scope" 6, Continuance (JS) "Blues Up and Over" 7, NY Theme/ Blue s Up and Over. For purchasing any of James Spaulding music, www.cdbaby.com/cd/jsquintet www.cdbaby.com/cd/spauldingj
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