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The Marvin Stamm Jazz Quartet
 



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(Photo: Alan S. Orling)

While attending North Texas State University Marvin Stamm was discovered by Stan Kenton. Upon graduating, he joined Kenton's orchestra as his jazz trumpet soloist, recording five albums with the orchestra. He later toured worldwide with Woody Herman before settling in New York City in late 1966. In New York, Stamm quickly established himself as a busy jazz trumpeter performing at key venues with many of the significant players in the business. He was a member of the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Jazz Orchestra and the Duke Pearson Big Band. He was also a recognized first-call studio player, recording with Bill Evans, Quincy Jones, Oliver Nelson, Duke Pearson, Thad Jones, Gary McFarland, Wes Montgomery, Freddie Hubbard, Stanley Turrentine, Patrick Williams, Michel Legrand, Lena Horne, Frank Foster, Paul Desmond, George Benson, and many other popular artists of the period as well. He was also a member of the Benny Goodman Sextet and toured with Frank Sinatra

Currently, Mr. Stamm's activities include performing as a soloist, touring with his jazz quartet and in duo with pianist Bill Mays. Stamm and Mays recently formed and are touring with a new group, the Inventions Trio, which includes cellist Alisa Horn. Stamm also performs with symphony orchestras, the George Gruntz Concert Jazz Band in Europe, and with the Westchester Jazz Orchestra, a big band made up of some of the finest jazz musicians in the New York area, all living in Westchester County.

Since 2000, Mr. Stamm released a number of CDs among which are: By Ourselves, a duo CD with pianist Bill Mays; The Stamm/Soph Project, and The Stamm/Soph Project - Live at Birdland, both quartet CDs created with drummer Ed Soph and featuring bassist Rufus Reid and pianist Bill Mays; Alone Together, also featuring Stamm's working quartet of Mays, Reid, and Soph - a live concert recorded in 2006. Stamm says,

“Working with these musicians as a group - Ed, Bill, and Rufus - always produces very special moments. None of us takes these events for granted or looks upon them as just another gig. Each of us really comes to play. For me, performing with this group is a pinnacle of sorts because these are the guys with whom I want to play; they are my choice!”



(Photo: Judy Kirtley)

Bill Mays began his recording career as musical director for Sarah Vaughan and went on to work with such legendary performers as Frank Sinatra, Shelly Manne, Art Pepper, Clark Terry, and Sonny Stitt, among others. Since moving to New York City in the mid-1980s, Bill has led his own quintets, trios, and duos at Birdland, the Blue Note, Bradley's, the Knickerbocker, the Village Gate, Visiones and many other of the city's noted venues. He is a regular performer at clubs and festivals throughout the U.S., Canada and Europe. Among several CDs to Bill’s credit is Mays in Manhattan, a trio/sextet recording with songs of New York as its theme. Summer Sketches, and his most recent, Going Home, are new recordings with his trio, Martin Wind, bass and Matt Wilson, drums, both on Palmetto Records. You can learm more about Bill at www.billmays.net.



(Photo: Judy Kirtley)

Rufus Reid has recorded over two hundred albums, most recently as a leader in  The Gait Keeper on Sunnyside Records. He has performed and recorded with Booker Ervin, Gene Ammons, Sonny Stitt, Philly Joe Jones, Kenny Dorham, Thad Jones, Mel Lewis, Dexter Gordon, Stan Getz, and Dizzy Gillespie. He continues performing and recording with Benny Golson, Art Farmer, Harold Land, Bobby Hutcherson, Freddie Hubbard, Ray Bryant, J.J. Johnson, Benny Carter, and Joe Henderson, Kenny Burrell, Kenny Barron, Jimmy Heath, to name a few. Learn more about Rufus at www.rufusreid.com.



(Photo: Charles Baxter)

As a performer and recording artist, Ed Soph has been associated with the big bands of Stan Kenton, Woody Herman, Bill Watrous, and Clark Terry. His small group credits include Red Rodney, Clark Terry, Dave Liebman, Slide Hampton, and Warren Bernhardt, among others. He is also recognized internationally as an author and master teacher. Ed Soph has authored Essential Techniques for Drumset, The Big Band Primer, and Musical Time: A Source Book for Jazz Drumming. Ed Soph is also Associate Professor in the College of Music of the University of North Texas. Learn more about Ed at http://www.drummerworld.com/drummers/Ed_Soph.html and http://www.jazz.unt.edu/?q=node/117
 
 

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