Born: March 9, 1971 Primary Instrument: Piano
Pianist and composer, Alan Blackman, has been a mainstay in the Washington D.C. and Baltimore area for nearly a decade. He has performed at Blues Alley, the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage, and nearly all of the area’s Jazz Festivals both as a freelancer and with his group the Blackman/Barke Quartet. This group was runner-up in the DCJazz.com international competition and the Takoma Park Jazz Brawl. Alan has taught the jazz combos at Towson University as well accompanied the Jazz Vocal Master Class. In addition he has given private lessons through Maryland Conservatory, Maryland Piano, and Howard Community College....
Awards:Chamber Music America New Jazz Works Commission - 2011-2013
MSAC Grants for Composition and Performance - 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012
Creative Baltimore Fund Award - 2010
Betty Carter Jazz Ahead Program - 2001
It's poetry in slow motion, words translated into sound. Robert Sutton, allaboutjazz
Willing to teach:
Advanced students only.
Taught Jazz Combos, private piano, and accompanied Jazz Vocal department
Howard Community College
Taught Jazz Ensembles, Improvisation I and II, and private
lessons in jazz piano/theory/composition, Jazz History,
American Popular Music
Changing Standards: Jumpstarting the compositional process