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Primary Instrument: Piano

Born: November 5, 1981    

Jazz pianist Ben Markley has a strong affinity for tradition. He has performed with Brian Lynch, Joe Lovano, John Scofield, Lenny Picket, Ron McClure and George Garzone at various New York Venues including the Blue Note, Dizzy's Club Coca Cola, and the Kitano Hotel. Markley's debut album entitled Spealio features tenor saxophone great George Garzone. Spealio features 10 original compositions and has been received well with release parties in New York and Kansas City.

Despite his musical upbringing, Markley did not decide to seriously pursue music at Fort Hays State University in Hays, KS until his third year of college. Around this time he began listening to the Oscar Peterson record Night Train. C-Jam Blues inspired Markley to become a jazz pianist. Eventually, Markley earned bachelors degree from FHSU in piano performance. While attending FHSU, he had the opportunity to study with renowned pianist/composer/arranger Frank Mantooth....
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Awards

2009 Betty Carter Jazz Ahead Residency Program 2009 Ascap Young Jazz Composers Award 2008 Ascap Young Jazz Composers Award
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    Second Introduction

    OA2 Records
    2009

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Featured recording “Raincheck”

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Raincheck

Dazzle Recordings (2012)

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