Greg Glassman is emerging as one of New York City’s most recognizable and accomplished young jazz musicians. Born in Queens, NY in 1977, Mr. Glassman has packed a wealth of knowledge and experience into his budding career. His study began with the piano at age 4, beginning trumpet at age 10. He started his career as a full-time professional at age 17, while attending the esteemed Oberlin Conservatory and Oberlin College. While at Oberlin, he developed close relationships with Donald Walden and Marcus Belgrave, making frequent trips to Detroit to mentor under them. He earned a B.A. from Oberlin in 1998 and immediately moved back to New York City. In 2002 he received his M.A. in Jazz Performance from Queens College, where he studied with Michael Mossman and Roland Hanna and presently serves as a clinician for Queens College’s Jazz Project. Since returning to New York Mr. Glassman has been steadily cementing himself in the canon of great NY trumpeters. He has led legendary weekly jam sessions for years, and become a staple of the vibrant New York jazz scene.
He has performed, recorded and/or taught master classes in Europe, Russia, North Africa, Canada, Mexico and throughout the U.S. with the Skatalites, Roswell Rudd, Oscar Perez’ Nuevo Comienzo, Burning Spear and others. Most recently he has performed several times in Asia and Europe under his own name, and led a successful East Coast tour with his current working band. He has been fortunate to have shared the stage and recording studio with some of the greatest voices in jazz, including Clark Terry, Marcus Belgrave, Roswell Rudd, Sheila Jordan, Oliver Lake, Sherman Irby, Geri Allen, Wynton Marsalis and John Esposito. In 2003 he was featured in the Detroit Ford International Jazz Festival’s trumpet summit along side Sean Jones, Marcus Belgrave, and Maurice Brown, and again in 2009 for a tribute to Donald Walden with Geri Allen and Marion Hayden. He produced and arranged a concert for Dave Douglas’ 2006 FONT festival at the Jazz Standard, featuring the music of Lawrence Williams. He has performed at many of New York’s top venues, including the Blue Note, Iridium, Jazz Standard, Smalls, and Fat Cat as a leader and sideman.
Mr. Glassman has released 3 critically acclaimed CD’s: The Perfect Match with guest, Jane Monheit; Onward and Upward featuring Donald Walden and Bryan Carrott; and Into the Wild, featuring his mentors Clark Terry and Marcus Belgrave as guest artists. These recordings highlight Mr. Glassman as a player and as a composer/arranger of high merit.
His current focus is on his own bands. His quartet and quintet, (Greg Glassman Quartet, Greg Glassman/Stacy Dillard Quintet) have performed weekly for the last 9years at Fat Cat, and are among the club’s flagship groups. The quintet, featuring some of NYC’s most exciting and creative jazz stars, has an upcoming live CD due for release in 2014.