Gary Motley has been selected to be honored as a new inductee into the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame. Gary’s name will join the esteemed roster of artists whose contributions have left an indelible influence on Alabama’s jazz history. They include W.C. Handy, Erskine Hawkins, Dinah Washington, Nat King Cole and Lionel Hampton.
Gary Motley is a pianist, composer, arranger and educator. Recognized by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Great American Jazz Piano Competition, and the American Composers Forum, Gary has been featured on National Public Radio’s Piano Jazz with Marian McPartland. Achievements include duet performances with Dave Brubeck and Kenny Barron, concerts with Jon Hendricks, Eddie Daniels and Benny Golson and Carnegie Hall premiers of his compositions with the Vega String Quartet and Buddy DeFranco. Earlier this year, Jazz Week ranked Gary’s latest CD, Departure in the top 30% of jazz radio airplay in the United States.