February 27, 2008

Greg Osby

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LEWISBURG, Pa. — The Greg Osby 5 will perform Wednesday, March 5, at 8:30 p.m. in Bucknell Hall at Bucknell University. The concert is free to the public as part of the ongoing Jazz at Bucknell First Wednesdays series.

Besides the namesake saxophonist and leader, the Greg Osby 5 includes the young masters Adam Birnbaum, piano; Michael Pinto, vibraphone; Chris Tordini, bass; and Reggie Quinerly, drums.

Notable musician
Blue Note recording artist, alto saxophonist, composer, producer and educator Greg Osby has made a mark on contemporary jazz as a leader of his own ensembles and as a guest artist with other acclaimed jazz groups for the past 20 years.

Notable for his insightful and innovative approach to composition and performance of original jazz music, he has earned numerous awards and critical acclaim for his recorded works and passionate live performances.

After studying at Howard University and the Berklee College of Music, Osby established himself in New York as an in-demand sideman for artists as varied as Herbie Hancock, Dizzy Gillespie, Jack DeJohnette, Andrew Hill, Muhal Richard Abrams, Jim Hall and Jaki Byard.

Major turning point
In 1985 he joined Jack DeJohnette's innovative group, Special Edition, "which marked a major turning point in my development as an artist," said Osby. "My musical thinking for performance and composition advanced by light years as Jack was open to my input and was very encouraging in pushing me to maintain a steady flow of experimentation."

Two years later, Osby signed his first recording deal JMT (Jazz Music Today), recording four CD titles for that label. He signed with Blue Note Records in 1990 and has since released 15 recordings for that legendary label, including his most recent, "Channel Three," where he is joined by special guests, Jeff  "Tain" Watts, drums, and bassist Matt Brewer.

Jazz at Bucknell is a chamber series conceived to present international modern masters and young visionaries, showcasing the entire tradition of jazz, from standards to the Avant-Garde, with an eye on artists who continue the innovative tradition of the music with their personal approaches to sound, style and composition.

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Posted Feb. 27, 2008