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