Greg Nathan is a Symphony/Jazz bassist, the son of Charles Nathan, Trumpet Man, Songwriter/Composer and musical writer who had a successful recording of his song "Say You're Mine Again" by Perry Como in 1953.
Nathan began his professional bass-playing career in 1972 at the age of seventeen,
performing popular jazz music with jazz pianist Chuck Ruff and vocalist Donna
Courtell. He completed his Bachelor of Music in Music Education degree at the
University of Oregon in 1977. Nathan earned a Master of Arts in Music degree at
California State University, Sacramento in 1982.
Nathan has had two seasons with the Reno Philharmonic, one season with the
Sacramento Symphony, and one season as principal bassist for Sacramento's
Camellia Symphony. Nathan has performed with the Oregon Bach Festival
Orchestra, the Peter Britt Festival Orchestra, and the Oregon Festival of American
Music Orchestra. Nathan is currently in his thirty-fourth season with the Eugene
Symphony, having played with them from 1975 - 1977, and from 1987 to the
present. Nathan's teacher is Larry Epstein, retired, long-time Assistant Principal of
the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra.
Nathan is an accomplished composer of songs and serious music. He sings, plays,
and uses the bow when performing jazz. Nathan is the leader of the jazz duo
"Aftermath," joined by jazz guitarist Mike Denny. Aftermath performances have
occurred mostly at Eugene, Oregon's Hilton Hotel. Nathan has performed with
Nancy King, the late Charles Dowd, Paul Biondi, Tom Shove, Bill Sabol, Vikki
Brabham, Gus Russell, the late Alan Tarpinian, Jessie Marquez, and others.
Nathan has recently released his first CD Album, "I'll Think of Something." The
album is in honor of Nathan's recently deceased father, songwriter-composer
Charles Nathan, who penned the music to Perry Como's 1953 hit "Say You're Mine
Again." The concerned CD's title track is from Charles Nathan's 2009 musical
"Where the Heck's the Plot?" The album also includes "My Own Man," words and
music by Greg Nathan. The album features jazz guitarist Mike Denny. In its review
of the album, "LA Jazz Scene's" Scott Yanow said "I'll Think of Something" is, "a fun
set of excellent jazz," Denny is a "world-class guitarist," and Nathan is "an excellent
Nathan currently serves full-time as a guest teacher in the Eugene 4J and
Springfield school districts. He recently became licensed to teach math, and is
working towards a full-time math teaching position. Nathan is also a caring husband
and father, and is an active member of his church.
"I'll Think of Something" is jazz bassist, Greg Nathan's first release. The album is a
produced effort arranged and directed by Nathan. The album is in honor of Nathan's
recently deceased father, songwriter, composer Charles Nathan, who penned the
Perry Como's 1953 hit "Say You're Mine Again." The title track, "I'll Think of
from Charles Nathan's 2009 musical "Where the Heck's the Plot?" The album also
"My Own Man," words and music by Greg Nathan. The album features world-class,
guitarist Mike Denny, and contains swinging renditions of popular, romantic songs.
album "I’ll Think of Something" contains solid bass playing to a good-sounding
excellent jazz guitar playing throughout the program, which includes one
track. There are lots of interesting ideas on the album. Jammed with lots of high-
material to boost its value, "I'll Think of Something" is an entertaining and