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, Benny Golson and others. He has premiered original compositions and performed at Carnegie Hall with the Vega String Quartet, Andy Firth and Buddy DeFranco. Other engagements include the 2014 National Black Arts Festival salute to Wynton Marsalis featuring Marcus Belgrave. In 2015,  JazzWeek ranked Gary’s CD, Departure in the top 26% of jazz radio airplay in the United States. In addition to his work as an artist, Gary is Professor of Performance and  Director of Jazz Studies at Emory University in Atlanta.