Encyclopedia of Jazz Musicians
Glassman, Greg (Gregory Scott)
Glassman, Greg (Gregory Scott), trumpet; b. New York City, 4 June 1977. He was raised in High Falls, NY (Hudson Valley, Catskill Mountains). He's the only child of Sharon (b. 5/8/39) and Sheldon (b.1/14/40) Glassman. He studied trumpet with: Bobby Johnson, Jr., Kenny Davis, Bill Lucas, Marcus Belgrave, Michael Mossman, and Clark Terry. He also studied with: Wendell Logan, Donald Walden, Greg Bandy, Barry Harris, and Sir Roland Hanna.
Glassman is emerging as one of the more important young musical artists in New York City. The 25 year-old trumpeter and composer has packed a wealth of knowledge and experience into his relatively short career. He started music study at the age of 4 at the piano. Greg plays many instruments which he studied to various degrees growing up including piano, guitar, and electric bass. He started the trumpet in the fourth grade (initially as preparation to learn the french horn), and has focused on it ever since.
While obtaining his B.A. in Jazz Trumpet and African-American Music at Oberlin College, he became a full-fledged professional musician, starting at age 17, working with some of the top salsa and meringue bands in Cleveland. He also began performing with some widely-acclaimed jazz artists in the Cleveland/Detroit area, including Greg Bandy and Marcus Belgrave. He led several groups of his own during this time, honing his leadership and composing skills.
After graduating college at the age of 20, he moved back east to New York City. Since his arrival in New York in 1998, Greg has shared the stage and the recording studio with many well-known jazz artists including Roswell Rudd, Eric Person, Sherman Irby, John Esposito, Frank Lacy, and Bryan Carrott.
In 1999, he composed, arranged, and produced a jazz octet recording, The Perfect Match, under his own name, which includes a vocal arrangement of the title track featuring Jane Monheit.
In 2000, Greg earned his M.A. in Jazz Performance at Queens College, under the tutelage of Michael Mossman, Sir Roland Hanna, and Antonio Hart. Throughout his time at Queens, he toured Western Europe, Scandinavia, Russia, and the Caribbean with The Skatalites, a band seminal in the infusing of American bebop and R & B into ska and reggae music in the 1960s.
He is also a protege of trumpet legend, Clark Terry, who considers Greg to be one of brightest young talents on the scene today. Greg has become an experienced performer and recording artist in many styles of music, including modern jazz, be-bop, reggae, ska, as well as funk, hip-hop, soul, R & B, and many types of Latin music.
He has also worked in the educational arena teaching privately, and also holding posts as the adjunct teacher of jazz trumpet at the State University of New York at New Paltz, and as resident jazz clinician for Queens College. He is currently focusing on his own band, The Greg Glassman Quartet, whose debut recording, Onward and Upward (Soluna Records), has been getting rave reviews since being released in January of this year. The quartet currently hosts a wildly successful weekly jam session at Niagra, a late night hang-out in the East Village of Manhattan, which features some of Greg's finest contemporaries.
The Perfect Match (1999); Greg Glassman Quartet: Onward and Upward (2002)
Andrew Lasala Sextet: The Full Package (2003); Roswell Rudd: Broad Strokes (2001); Katie Bowen: A Spell Like This (2000); Chris Bergson: Wait for Spring (2000); Dave Pier Sextet with Roswell Rudd: Swimmers (2000); Patrice: Ancient Spirit (2000); Mike Ellis: Blues for Ugo (Music for a French documentary film, 1999); Oberlin Jazz Ensemble: Spring '98 (1998)
approx. 18 hrs. of major collaborations with John Esposito taped 2000-2003
Radio, TV and Film Appearances:
appearance in the feature film "My Funny Valentine" (2003)
live taping of Roswell Rudd, Broad Strokes at the Knitting Factory, NYC for
BET Jazz (2001)