Greg Murphy

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.

A jazz study grant from the National Endowment for the Arts in 1984 gave Greg the opportunity to go to New Orleans and study with the eminent pianist and jazz educator, Ellis Marsalis. He remained there and began recording and performing with The New Orleans Jazz Couriers, Percussion Incorporated, and his own group, The Fusicians. The Percussion Incorporated album, Drum Talk, (Greg’s first recording) was recorded and released in 1987. While living in the crescent city, Greg performed with Donald Harrison, Wynton Marsalis, and countless other great musicians.

Greg moved to New York in 1987 and began what had become a long association with multi- directional drummer, Rashied Ali. Greg performed and recorded with Ali and his various groups throughout Europe, Canada, the United States and beyond, from 1987 until Rashied passed away in 2009.

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Greg Murphy Trio – Bright Idea – Whaling City Sound WCS 111, 75:41 ****1/2: (Greg Murphy – piano, keyboards; Eric Wheeler – double bass; Jeff “Tain” Watts – drums) by Audiophile Audition | Feb 6, 2019

The piano trio has always been a staple of jazz. Among the many celebrated groups include pianists like Bill Evans, McCoy Tyner, Keith Jarrett, Oscar Peterson, Art Tatum, Ahmad Jamal and Vince Guaraldi. Most often, the piano is augmented by double bass and drums. The proprietary dynamics of piano trios include rhythmic intensity and defined interplay. When this format began in the early 60’s, the piano was prominently featured, as the double bass and drums were functioning in support

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Over 20 years experience teaching and performing worldwide with renowned musicians Learn improvisation, chord voicing, harmony, arranging, writing and transcribing - Systematic and comprehensive



Cool Water

Whaling City Sound


Bright Idea

Whaling City Sound


Summer Breeze

Whaling City Sound


Blues for Miles






Let's Get Started



Summer Breeze

From: Summer Breeze
By Greg Murphy

My Shining Hour

From: Blues for Miles
By Greg Murphy

Little Miss Tigerfish

From: Let's Get Started
By Greg Murphy



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