G-Stream Media announces the release of “No Reservation Required” by pianist Gary Motley. The album showcases eight original compositions featuring Motley in multiple trio settings. The tracks feature vocalist Veronica Tate, drummers Emrah Kotan and Terreon Gully along with bassists Billy Thornton and Craig Shaw and saxophonist Teodross Avery. Click here to learn more.
Objectives are to teach students the improvisational and collaboration skills of jazz and to build long-lasting relationships. The residency is comprised of the following: 1) a teacher’s workshop to address the needs of the local music educators and offer techniques for instructing students in jazz; 2) a student sectional workshop in which faculty will work with students each day in cohorts assigned by instrument; 3) a student ensemble workshop which brings all players together to collaborate as a full ensemble; and 4) a culminating performance by Horns faculty and by the students to close out the residency. The January residency is a precursor to an education and cultural exchange initiative in spring of 2016 to be announced soon.
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.