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Greg Murphy

Chicago native Greg Murphy has been a major contributor to the New York City jazz scene since the 1980s and he’s probably best known for his twenty-two year association with John Coltrane’s multidirectional drummer, Rashied Ali.

Greg 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.

A jazz study grant from the National Endowment for the Arts in 1984 gave Greg the opportunity to go to New Orleans and study with the eminent pianist and jazz educator, Ellis Marsalis. He remained there and began recording and performing with The New Orleans Jazz Couriers, Percussion Incorporated, and his own group, The Fusicians. The Percussion Incorporated album, Drum Talk, (Greg’s first recording) was recorded and released in 1987. While living in the crescent city, Greg performed with Donald Harrison, Wynton Marsalis, and countless other great musicians.

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.

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Cool Water

Greg Murphy (Whaling City Sound) by Russ Musto

JULY 2021 | THE NEW YORK CITY JAZZ RECORD

The followup to his chart-topping Bright Idea reunites keyboard player Greg Murphy with bassist Eric Wheeler and drummer Jeff “Tain” Watts on a genre- leaping program bolstered by a host of guests.

The trio kicks things off with an arrangement of “Chim-Chim-Cher-ee”, which clearly identifies Murphy as an accomplished McCoy Tyner acolyte while also demonstrating each player’s strength as both soloist and accompanist. Ku-umba Frank Lacy joins on vocals for a powerful rendition of Steely Dan hit “Green Earrings”, which also features a rocking David Kikoski synthesizer solo

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Primary Instrument

Piano

Location

New York City

Willing to teach

Advanced only

Credentials/Background

Over 20 years experience teaching and performing worldwide with renowned musicians Learn improvisation, chord voicing, harmony, arranging, writing and transcribing - Systematic and comprehensive

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Cool Water

Whaling City Sound
2021

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Bright Idea

Whaling City Sound
2019

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Summer Breeze

Whaling City Sound
2016

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Blues for Miles

JazzIntensity
2014

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Orientation

Murphasaurus
2006

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Let's Get Started

Murphasaurus
2004

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Summer Breeze

From: Summer Breeze
By Greg Murphy

My Shining Hour

From: Blues for Miles
By Greg Murphy

Little Miss Tigerfish

From: Let's Get Started
By Greg Murphy

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