Encyclopedia of Jazz Musicians
Stamm, Marvin (Louis)
Stamm, Marvin (Louis), trumpet and Flugelhorn; performer, educator, writer; b. May 23, 1939, Memphis, TN. His father was Bernard (b. in Dyersburg, TN, Dec. 17, 1901 - d. 1981). His mother was Sadie (b. Sadie Eber in Ripley, TN, - July 17, 1908 - d. 2002). His brother is Gordon (b. Memphis TN, Dec. 20, 1934).
Stamm began the study of music in the band program in Jr. High under tutelage of Jack Foster (1951-1954); continued in high school under director, A.E. McLain (1954-57) and trumpet teacher Perry Wilson (1954-57). Since beginning the study of music, he was taught to appreciate Jazz and classical music, sustaining a lifelong interest in both. Although no one in Stamm's family was musically inclined, several aunts played the piano for pleasure, something that was a part of many families' lives in the early days. But a great influence in his becoming an improviser was his brother, Gordon, who possessed an excellent Jazz record collection and allowed Marvin to play along with his records. Stamm joined the AFM at age 16, working locally with Memphis professionals. From 1957-1961, he attended the Univ. of North Texas, graduating with BM in trumpet. While there, he studied with John Haynie (1957-61) and played in North Texas Lab Band as well as the orchestra, concert band and smaller ensembles. He worked in large and small groups in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area and states, "These extremely fine musicians were equal to most players in New York, Chicago, and L.A." He also spent many hours playing jam sessions with the excellent musicians in the Lab Band program and in the clubs in Dallas and Ft. Worth.
Stamm spent the summer of 1960 with Buddy Morrow Band. Upon graduation, he joined the Stan Kenton Orch. for two years (1961-62) as jazz trumpet soloist, recording five albums with the orchestra. After leaving Kenton, he lived and worked in Houston, TX and Memphis (1963), moving to Reno, NV (1964-65) to work in show bands. He then joined Woody Herman's band as soloist in fall, 1965, staying for one year before moving to NYC in November, 1966. During the period 1963-69, Stamm was also a member of the faculty of the Stan Kenton Clinics, the genesis of his strong interest in Jazz and music education. Settling in New York in late 1966, Stamm quickly established himself as a busy Jazz and studio trumpeter. During this time he studied for 6 1/2 years (1966-73) with the famous teacher, Carmine Caruso, who was a great inspiration. New York was bustling with jazz activity during this period and Stamm performed at key venues with many of the significant players in the business. He gained considerable recognition for his playing with the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Jazz Orchestra (1966-72) and the Duke Pearson Big Band (1967-71), performed with Frank Sinatra (1973-74) and the Benny Goodman Sextet (1974-75) among others. Stamm was also a recognized first call studio player (1966-89), and he recorded with artists such as Bill Evans, Quincy Jones, Manny Albam, Oliver Nelson, Duke Pearson, Thad Jones, Wes Montgomery, Freddie Hubbard, Stanley Turrentine, Patrick Williams, Michel Legrand, Frank Foster, Paul Desmond, George Benson and many more.
Those years in the recording studios, Stamm was able to work with trumpeters Bernie Glow, Ray Crisara, Ernie Royal, Snooky Young, Markie Markowitz, Thad Jones, Joe Newman, and Joe Wilder. Among other instruments were Urbie Green, J.J. Johnson, Buddy Morrow, Jimmy Cleveland, Wayne Andre, Phil Bodner, Phil Woods, Romeo Penque, Hank Jones, Dick Hyman, Milt Hinton, George Duvivier, Mel Lewis, Gus Johnson, Barry Galbraith, Bucky Pizarelli and many more. During the mid 70's and early 80's, the music scene in NYC changed as did the players who were doing the work. Recording mostly commercials and rock and roll records, while quite lucrative, did not offer a great deal of musical fulfillment. Stamm became musically restless, seeking outlets for his creative side. After touring for several years with Frank Sinatra, Stamm, in 1980, recorded his second solo album. Arranger/composer Jack Cortner has since produced all but one recording Stamm has made and writes a good deal of the music he performs with symphony orchestras and big bands. This recording signaled his future return and re-dedication to a solo Jazz career. Eschewing the lucrative studio scene in the late 80's, Stamm has focused his attention on his first love, playing Jazz. Since that time, he has been a member of John Lewis' American Jazz Orchestra, the Bob Mintzer Band, the George Gruntz Concert Jazz Band, Louis Bellson's big band and/or quintet and, on many occasions, performed with the big band of composer Maria Schneider.
Currently, Stamm's activities include performing as a soloist, touring with his Jazz quartet (with pianist Bill Mays, drummer Ed Soph and bassist Rufus Reid) or in duo with pianist Mays. He has begun performing with symphony orchestras throughout the country and abroad. He continues to maintain his ties with George Gruntz' Concert Jazz Band, and, when time permits also travels with other all-star units. In November 2000, Stamm released two new CDs on his newly formed Marstam Music label. Consciously acknowledging his debt to the influence and guidance of former teachers and fellow musicians, Marvin Stamm has - since the early 60's - been involved with Jazz education. He has committed a good deal of time and energy to helping young music students develop their own voices, visiting universities and high schools across the U.S. and abroad as a performer, clinician and mentor. In 1995, Stamm began publishing a newsletter which, since 1999 has become a part of his web site and is now an online feature. This inauguration of his interest in writing has given him a forum from which to initiate a dialogue about the many societal subjects that are of interest and concern to him both within and without of music - youth and the future as involves education and teaching, music and the music business, racism, ageism, chauvinism and much more. He has since contributed articles to various web sites and magazines in addition to his own.
Stamm currently resides outside NYC in Westchester County with his wife, Nancy; Stamm has three daughters - Robyn (b. 1961), Marisa (b. 1976) and Teal (b. 1979).
Machinations (1968); Stammpede (1980); Bop Boy (1991); Mystery Man (1993); The Stamm/Soph Project (2000); By Ourselves (2000); Elegance (2001)
Unreleased CD featuring Stamm, pianist Bill Mays, bassist Rufus Reid, drummer Ed Soph, guitarist john Abercrombie. 2000 - 2002 - various unissued recordings as soloist with symphony orchestras
As sideperson (partial list):
Stan Kenton: Adventures in Jazz (1961), Adventures in Blues (1962), Adventures in Time (1962); Charlie Mariano: Portrait of an Artist (1963); Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Jazz Orch.: Monday Night Live at the Village Vanguard (1967); Oliver Nelson: Jazzhattan Suite (1967), Kennedy Memorial Album (1968); Duke Pearson: Introducing the Duke Pearson Big Band (1968); Gary McFarland: America the Beautiful (1968); Frank Foster: Manhattan Fever (1968); Wes Montgomery: Road Song (1968); Quincy Jones: Walking in Space (1969); Paul McCartney: Ram (solo on Uncle Albert and Admiral Halsey) (1970); Chuck Mangione: Friends and Love Concert (1970); Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Jazz Orchestra: Consummation (1971); Patrick Williams: Threshold (1973); Donny Hathaway: Extension of a Man (1973); Bill Evans: Symbiosis (1974); Bob Mintzer: Papa Lips (1983), Incredible Journey (1985); Patrick Williams: 10th Avenue (1986); Bob Mintzer: Camouflage (1987); George Gruntz: Happening Now (1987); Benny Carte r and the American Jazz Orchestra: Central City Sketches (1987); Bob Mintzer: Spectrum (1988), Urban Contours (1989); George Gruntz: First Prize (1989); John Lewis and the American Jazz Orchestra: Ellington Masterpieces (1989); Carly Simon: My Romance (1989); Vince Mendoza: Vince Mendoza (1989); Louis Bellson: Air Mail Special (1990); Bob Mintzer: Art of the Big Band (1990); George Gruntz : Blues 'n Dues Et Cetera (1991); Louis Bellson: Peaceful Thunder (1991); Vince Mendoza: Instructions Inside (1991); Bob Mintzer: Departure (1992); John Lewis and the American Jazz Orchestra: Music of Jimmy Lunceford (1992); Louis Bellson: Black, Brown, and Beige Suite (1993); Anne Hampton Callaway: Bring Back Romance (1994); Bob Mintzer: Only in N. Y. (1994); Rich Shemaria: 3 A.M. (1995); Bob Mintzer: Big Band Trane (1996); Bill Mays: Mays In Manhattan (1996); George Gruntz: Merryteria (1998), "Liebermann - Live at the Berlin Jazz Festival" (1998); Je rry Ascione: Beautiful Love (1999); George Gruntz: Expo Triangle (2000), Global Excellence (2001); The New York Voices: Sing, Sing, Sing (2001)
Films and television broadcasts:
Grammy Awards; Tony Awards; Emmy Awards; Bill Cosby Show; Mary Tyler Moore Show; Bob Newhart Show; Carol Burnett Show; Kraft Music Hall; Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid; Cotton Club; The Muppets Take Manhattan; For Love of Ivy; Reservoir Dogs
Billy Taylor's "Live at the Kennedy Center" - Jan, 2001; Four BBC broadcasts as featured artist, most recent - July, 2002 and Sept, 2002; Numerous radio interviews across the U.S. and Europe
Numerous short publications including: JazzTimes, DownBeat, Jazz Journal International, Crescendo Magazine, The Instrumentalist, The International Trumpet Guild Journal and Jazz Educators Journal.
Scott, Allen. Jazz Educated, Man (1973)