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Fishman, Greg (Gregory Allen)

Fishman, Greg (Gregory Allen), tenor saxophonist, flutist; b. Skokie, IL, 6 January 1967. He grew up in Morton Grove, Illinois, a northern suburb of Chicago. Began playing clarinet at the age of 12. Started playing tenor saxophone at 13. Started working professionally around Chicago at 15. Placed first Tenor Sax for jazz in state of Illinois at 1985 Illinois Music Educator's Assoc. conference, Peoria, Illinois. Started playing flute at 19.
He got his Bachelor of Music Jazz Studies, DePaul University, Chicago, Illinois, in 1991. At DePaul, he studied Jazz improvisation/piano with Alan Swain 1987-1991, Jazz saxophone with Mark Colby 1987-1989, Classical Clarinet lessons with Larry Combs 1990-1991, and Classical Flute lessons with Martha Farahat 1988-1990. He got his Masters of Music Jazz Pedagogy, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, in June 1999. At Northwester, he studied Jazz Writing with Don Owens 1998-1999, Jazz Pedagogy with Antonio Garcia 1998-1999, and Jazz Piano with Mike Kocour 1998-1999. Independently, he's had Jazz improvisation lessons with Joe Daley 1984-1985, Jazz improvisation lessons with Hal Galper 1989-1990, Jazz improvisation lessons with Joe Henderson 1990, and Jazz improvisation lessons with James Moody 1988-1991 and he took a David Liebman saxophone masterclass and reunion class, 1989 and 1991.

He has performed with The Woody Herman Big Band, The Louie Bellson Big Band, Slide Hampton, Jackie Cain & Roy Kral, Lou Levy, Conte Candoli, Clark Terry, Ralph Burns, and Don Menza. He's been with the Judy Roberts Quartet, 1993-present. They performed in Singapore for four months in 1995, played at Blues Alley in Washington D.C. in 1996 and performed at the North Sea Jazz Festival in 2000 and 2002. The group performs frequently around Chicago at the Jazz Showcase and performs concerts throughout the U.S.A. He's been with Two For Brazil from 1998-present. The group began on June 10, 1998, when Paulino Garcia and Fishman were separately invited to play together at a Getz/Gilberto tribute at the Chicago Cultural Center. They soon became a regular duo, going from Chicago clubs to sold-out audiences in China, Hong Kong, Bangkok, and Japan. In 2001, they also performed at the North Sea Jazz Festival and, much closer to home, won "Best Jazz Entertainers 2001" at the Chicago Music Awards. Two For Brazil performed at the NorthSea Jazz Festival in 2001. They explore the many styles of samba, as well as the baiao, bossa, and Brazilian waltz. Two for Brazil also embraces the classic jazz repertoire, including Gillespie, Coltrane, Parker, and Monk.

When not on tour, Fishman performs at jazz clubs in the Chicago area with the following musicians: Dennis Luxion, Eric Schneider, Marlene Rosenberg, Kelly Sill, Joel Spencer, Jim Cox, Phil Gratteau, Art Davis, Stewart Miller, Larry Kohut, John Young, an Trudell, Jeremy Kahn, Robert Shy, Jodie Christian and Greg Sergo.

He is married to pianist-vocalist Judy Roberts.

Paulinho Garcia/Greg Fishman: Two For Brazil (1999); Greg Fishman & Eddie Higgins: Indian Summer (1999); Two For Brazil: Two For Noel (2000), Standards (2001), Take Five (2002); Judy Roberts & Greg Fishman: Two For The Road (2002)
As sideperson:
Kirsten Gustafson: You Taught My Heart To Sing (1992); John Bany: John Bany Sings (1993); Judy Roberts: Circle Of Friends (1995); Judy Roberts: In The Moment (1999); Jens Bunge: Meet You In Chicago (2000)

Transcription Books:
"Stan Getz Bossa Novas," published by Hal Leonard, 1998
"Stan Getz Standards," published by Hal Leonard, 1997
"Tenor Saxophone Standards," published by Hal Leonard, 1996
"Stan Getz Solos," published by Hal Leonard, 1993

First Place, Jazz Division, North American Saxophone Alliance Competition, 1992
Second place, Jazz Division, Quest for Excellence competition, 1991
First place, All-State Honors Jazz Band, Illinois Music Educators Association, 1985

Contact information:
Greg Fishman
2859 Central Street #126
Evanston, Illinois  60201
Phone (847)724-6542
Fax (847)724-6543
e-mail: Greg1111@aol.com

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