Born: February 28, 1972
Trumpeter and composer Liam Sillery was introduced to music at an early age by his uncle, also a trumpet player. Liam considers himself fortunate to have been surrounded through the years by fine teachers and musicians. Most significant during his undergraduate studies at the University of South Florida was the great tenor saxophonist Joe Henderson. Before going on to attend the Manhattan School of Music, he performed as a freelance musician. At MSM he studied with Cecil Bridgewater, Dave Liebman, Phil Markowitz, Joan Stiles, Mark Soskin, and Garry Dial.
In 2004 Liam released his first recording as a leader, Minor Changes (OA2 22020). His second cd, On the Fly (OA2 22030), recorded with the David Sills Quartet, was released on October 17, 2006. During the summer of 2007, he recorded his third cd, Outskirts (OA2 22050), with Matt Blostein, Jesse Stacken, Thomas Morgan, and Vinnie Sperrazza. On Outskirts, which was released in January 2009, Liam moved away from his traditional style to explore freer material....
- Phenomenology by Dan McClenaghan
- Outskirts by John Barron
- On the Fly by Jim Santella
- On the Fly by Dan McClenaghan
- Minor Changes by Dan McClenaghan
This recording, Phenomenology, no doubt helps solidify Sillery as an important voice in 21st Century jazz. Sillery, although influenced a little by Freddie Hubbard, Woody Shaw, and Wynton Marsalis, has his own approach and displays lots of potential. by Scott Yanow