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.
Greg Murphy (Whaling City Sound)
by Scott Yanow
Pianist Greg Murphy, a fixture on the New York jazz scene since 1987,
is perhaps best known for his longterm association with late drummer
Rashied Ali. He has picked up a wide variety of experience in his career
thus far, including with the New Orleans Jazz Couriers, the Fusicians,
Ornette Coleman, Carlos Santana, Archie Shepp, Branford Marsalis, Joe
Lovano, Terence Blanchard and others in addition to his own trio.
Summer Breeze contains more than its share of variety. Murphy’s trio
with bassist Eric Wheeler and drummer Kush Abadey begins the
program with an uptempo version of “Solar” that recalls Bill Evans
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