Jazz artist and trumpeter Gregory Rivkin is definitely on his way to becoming one of the most tasteful, creative and distinctive instrumental improvisers.
Russian-born Israeli, Gregory Rivkin was introduced to jazz when a family member “hipped” him to recordings by Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, Miles Davis, and John Birks “Dizzy” Gillespie.
Today, stepping into the phase of artistic maturity, Rivkin’s playing reflects not only academic knowledge of musical traditions but also broader influences from modern jazz. He maintains a fresh open-minded approach towards the creative process of performance and improvisation.
...Gregory Rivkin has that “Blue Note” sound of 60-ies, which is pretty unusual to our days...
-Hal Galper, Pianist and Educator
...Lyrical , nicely -flowing and hard swinging lines in true-bop fashion, very reminiscent of Freddy Hubbard,
Lee Morgan and Woody Shaw.
-International Trumpet Guild Journal
...Gregory Rivkin sounds like the trumpeter, who use to work in my band-Clifford Brown…
-Lou Donaldson, Saxophonist, Jazz Legend
...Gregory Rivkin is an outstandingly talented musician…a virtuoso trumpet player…
-Vera Stern, President America-Israel Cultural Foundation
...Mr. Rivkin is a musical genius and has an exceptional knowledge of both classical and jazz traditions
...An extraordinary trumpet-player…
-Paul Mercer Ellington, Leader and Conductor Duke Ellington Orchestra
...Unusually warm timbre and graceful performance of most challenging passages.
...The talking sound of Gregory Rivkin's trumpet carries away the spirits of each audience member up to their private innermost spheres.
-Lora Berezovsky, Forum, New York
… With his persuasive sound and economical improvisatory style, trumpeter Gregory Rivkin tells a story with chords played in imaginative ways and lines that unfold surprisingly.
-Zan Stewart, Newark Star Ledger
Jazz/Music Appreciation, Instrumental Ensembles and Trumpet
Essex County College, Newark, NJ/West Caldwell, NJ
OTHER TEACHING EMPLOYMENT
2006-Present Faculty Member, Resident Artist
O.S.P.A.C. Jazz Workshop, West Orange, NJ
2005-Present Faculty Member/Trumpet Instructor
Newark School of the Arts, Newark, NJ
The state of New Jersey Standard License (pending)
The State of New Jersey Certificate of Eligibility(Music)
The State of New Jersey Provisional Certificate