Onaje Allan Gumbs is one of the industry’s most respected and talented musical collaborators. He has worked for more than 30 years with an illustrious list of jazz, R&B and pop artists. In 1974, he created a special arrangement of Stella By Starlight for the New York Jazz Repertory Company as part of a concert honoring Miles Davis at Carnegie Hall. He followed that with live and recorded performances with such artists as Lenny White, Buster Williams, Cecil McBee and Betty Carter. In 1975,Onaje joined forces with trumpeter, Nat Adderley as part of his quintet contributing to the group’s releases on Atlantic and Steeplechase Records. Producer Nils Winter of Steeplechase upon hearing Onaje’s improvisations, invited the young pianist to record a solo piano project entitled Onaje.
In 1976, Onaje provided the arrangement for the song that was to become the signature piece for the late great vocalist Phyllis Hyman, Betcha By Golly Wow. In 1978, the Woody Shaw Group, for which Onaje was pianist, won the Down Beat Reader’s Poll for Best Jazz Group and for Best Jazz Album (Rosewood).The album was later nominated for a Grammy. In 1985, Onaje lent his keyboard and arrangement skills to Lady In My Life on guitarist Stanley Jordan’s widely acclaimed debut album, Magic Touch on Blue Note Records.This was the 1st jazz album in history to maintain the #1 spot atop Billboard Magazine’s jazz charts for more than 50 weeks.
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July 30, 2007
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July 17, 2007
Harlem Speaks Features Pianist Onaje Allan Gumbs July 26, 2007 @ 6:30
May 11, 2007
Onaje Allan Gumbs Trio Performs at the Kitano Jazz Club, 5/25 and 5/26
March 20, 2007
Pianist Onaje Allan Gumbs Interviewed at AAJ
January 31, 2007
Onaje Allan Gumbs' CD Release Party At Joe's Pub on February 9, 2007
January 19, 2007
The Onaje Allan Gumbs Trio Performs at Blues Alley January 23
December 07, 2006
Onaje Allan Gumbs Trio at Blues Alley, 1/23/07