Bill Mays/Marvin Stamm Duo

Sunday, October 4 • 7 pm
Live At The Artistic • Artistic Piano Gallery, Medford
Cost: $25/$20 for SMP Members/$10 for students
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Siskiyou Music Project presents New York based pianist Bill Mays and trumpeter Marvin Stamm for their first southern Oregon appearance at the Artistic Piano Gallery in Medford on Sunday, October 4 at 7 p.m.

Pianists, composer and arranger Bill Mays, has worked with a who’s-who of jazz greats, including, Buddy Collette, Harold Land, Shelly Manne, Bud Shank, Art Pepper, and the Kenton Jr. Neophonic Orchestra. He was a long-time member of the Bobby Shew Quintet, led a piano-bass-guitar trio featuring Putter Smith and Danny Embrey, Sarah Vaughan, Dionne Warwick, Anita O’Day, Al Jarreau and Frank Sinatra.

He has played such notable New York venues as Birdland, the Blue Note, Bradley’s, Carnegie Hall, Guggenheim Museum, Iridium, Jazz Standard, Lincoln Center, MOMA, Smoke, Steinway Pianos, the Village Gate and the Village Vanguard.

Currently, Bill Mays tours and records in many varied configurations, including this duo with trumpeter Marvin Stamm and his trio (featuring Matt Wilson & Martin Wind). He has many awards and honors as an arranger, pianist and producer, and has been the recipient of performance grants from Meet The Composer, Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, and Pennsylvania Performing Arts on Tour.

Throughout his distinguished career, trumpeter Marvin Stamm has been praised for both the art and the craft of trumpet playing. Leonard Feather stated that “Mr. Stamm is an accomplished performer whose technical skill is used as a means to stimulating original ends.”

While attending North Texas State University, a school noted for its innovative lab bands, Mr. Stamm was discovered by Stan Kenton. Upon graduating, he performed with the Kenton’s Orchestra as his jazz trumpet soloist 1961–1962, Recording five albums with the orchestra. In 1965–1966, he toured worldwide with Woody Herman.

Marvin Stamm settled in New York City in late 1966, quickly establishing himself as a busy jazz and studio trumpeter. New York was bustling with jazz activity during that period, and Stamm performed at key venues with many of the significant players in the business. He gained considerable recognition for playing with the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Jazz Orchestra (1966–1972) and The Duke Pearson Big Band (1967–1970), as well as performing with Frank Sinatra (1973-1974) and The Benny Goodman Sextet (1974–1975), among others.