Bergen County Academies Jazz Band under direction of Michael Lemma
Apr 25 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Bergen County Academies Jazz Band under direction of Michael Lemma @ Trumpets Jazz Club and Restaurant | Montclair | New Jersey | United States

 6:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
$10-$15 pp music charge  $7 pp minimum (food/drink)

Students from Bergen County Academies will present an evening of music from 6:30-8:00pm on Thursday, April 26. The BCA Jazz Band will perform classic and modern jazz works including solos and combos. Your $15 music fee helps support music education.

Larry Corban Quartet CD Release of “Emergence”
Apr 26 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Larry Corban Quartet CD Release of "Emergence" @ Trumpets Jazz Club and Restaurant | Montclair | New Jersey | United States
2 sets: 8 p.m. & 10 p.m.
$20 pp music charge   $12 pp minimum (food/drink)
Larry Corban Quartet
Larry Corban – guitar
James Weidman – piano
Harvie S – upright bass
Steve Johns – drums
Larry Corban is a New York City-based guitarist, composer, and bandleader that has four CD’s available at His  2017 cd, “Corban Nation,” charted on the CMJ Jazz Charts peaking at #1, RMR (Root Music Report) peaking at #1, Jazz Walk Top 50 Jazz Album Chart peaking at #28 and was a featured album on Modern Jazz Today for eight weeks.

Larry has had extensive experience working with some of the world’s greatest musicians. He has played, performed and/or recorded with James Weidman, Harvie S, Steve Williams, Steve Slagle, Dick Oats, Gerry Niewood, Buddy Williams, Sylvia Cuenca, Essiet Okon Essiet, Michael Olatuja, Ron Affif, Omer Avital, Avishia Cohen, Steve Johns, Vic Juris, Oz Noy, Nir Felder, and Wayne Krantz.

Larry holds a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies from Ithaca College. He has studied privately with Pat Martino, Wayne Krantz, Joanne Brackeen, Jack Wilkins, Vic Juris, David Fuze Fiuczynski, Mick Goodrick, Steve Brown, and Rick Beato.

  Here’s what reviewers are saying about Larry:

Blistering Lines, energetic rhythms and melodically pleasing melodies.

bop verging upon fusion but without the distortion, power chords, and usual outside paraphernalia……..In fact, one of the more surprising aspects of this CD is that the guy is ceaselessly splitting down the mathematics and possibilities of what he’s writing. It’s a fascinating process and quickly becomes apparent he’s improvising on multiple levels………this guy exceeds expectations………slotting him with Metheny and McLaughlin (and even George Benson, whose old stuff to this day knocks me out) is perfect. Several worlds meet in his work and spawn a fourth: Corban’s own

Larry Corban has a very different voice as a Jazz Guitarist. His single note lines are fluid and his chord solos very punchy and percussive. Fans of the more outside and modern players should give him a listen.

Corban is a no-nonsense player who can manage blistering chops without losing an in-the-pocket relaxed feel.

Corban described the energy on his latest release as capturing lighting in a bottle. I’d say I have to agree with that assessment. Corban’s chops on guitar are sometimes very melodic and, quite frankly, more often peppered with a sharp edge. Joined by both electric and strand up bass, piano, Hammond B-3, Fender Rhodes, drums and saxophone, “Corban Nation” is partly traditional jazz, and part get-em-goin’ high octane. Of course he can be soft and mellow as well, as superbly demonstrated on the fourth track, “Child’s Tune.” If there is some tangible link between what is typically considered traditional jazz and something more cutting edge, this release is probably it – and is one I really enjoyed.

Video from “Corban Nation”

Kate Baker and Vic Juris Trio
Apr 27 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Kate Baker and Vic Juris Trio @ Trumpets Jazz Club and Restaurant | Montclair | New Jersey | United States

2 sets: 8 p.m. and 10 p.m.
$15 pp music charge online and at door   $12 pp minimum (food/drink)

Kate Baker-vocals
Vic Juris-guitar

Enjoy listening to the music of this fabulous duo:  one of the topcguitarists in world with the beautiful vocals of singer Kate Baker.

Kate Baker Bio
Kate Baker’s love of music is the basis for two remarkable talents, as a singer and an educator.

She has a distinctive vocal style and lyrical expression and she has evolved into one of today’s most sought after singers. Her voice resonates with her love of diverse musical inspirations whether Jazz, Brazilian, Latin or the Blues. Be it a Cole Porter standard or an Antonio Carlos Jobim composition, English or Portuguese, Kate is at home. Ms. Baker is a musician’s singer. Her high level of musicianship has enabled her to successfully sing in a variety of settings, from an intimate duo to fronting her five-piece ensemble, as well as performing as a guest artist with Big Bands. Kate’s debut CD shines with Vic Juris, Richie Cole and the Alto Madness Orchestra.

Ms. Baker’s distinct and authentic sound has excited audiences worldwide. In Europe, she has been a featured vocalist at numerous Jazz events, including the Euro-Meet Jazz Festival, The Carini Jazz Festival and The Pergine Spettacolo Jazz Festival. In the U.S., her festival and concert credits include Berkshire Jazz Festival, The Texaco Jazz Series in NY City, William Paterson Jazz Room Concert Series, Liberty State Park Jazz Concert Festival, The Tarrytown Jazz Festival, The JVC Jazz Festival, The OSPAC Jazz Festival and many more. She has filled the rooms at major NYC area clubs such as: The Blue Note, Birdland, Trumpets and Visiones. Kate has had the pleasure of working with such talented artists as Claudio Roditi, Norman Simmons, Harvie Swartz, Houston Persons, Richie Cole, Vic Juris, Dick Oatts, Dave Stryker, Daduka Fonseka and many others.

1 p.m. NJ City University Combos featuring Claudio Roditi 3 p.m. Nathan Eklund with Claudio Roditi
Apr 28 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
1 p.m.  NJ City University Combos featuring Claudio Roditi    3 p.m. Nathan Eklund with Claudio Roditi @ Trumpets Jazz Club and Restaurant
1 p.m. – Opening set by NJCU combos featuring Claudio Roditi
3 p.m.- 4 p.m.  (one set only)- Nathan Eklund Quartet  featuring Claudio Roditi
$10 cover online  $12 cover at the door  $7 minimum  (food/drink)
Nathan Eklund Quartet featuring Claudio Roditi
Claudio Roditi – trumpet
Nathan Eklund – trumpet
Jason Teborek – piano
Andy Eulau – bass
Tim Horner – drums
Claudio Roditi
This Brazilian composer/arranger and trumpet artist has fourteen critically acclaimed albums, a Grammy nomination, and a busy international touring schedule that includes the most prestigious jazz festivals in the world.
Claudio Roditi was born May 28th, 1946 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He began his musical studies when he was just five years old. His native Brazilian music upbringing almost took a back seat as he became enamoured with jazz and heard recordings of Louis Armstrong,

Harry James and other American trumpeters. By the time he was 13, thanks to an American uncle’s record collection; he became familiar with Charlie ParkerDizzy Gillespie and Miles Davis. At the age of twenty, he was named a finalist in the International Jazz Competition in Vienna, and the following year, moved to Mexico City where he was active on the contemporary music scene. He relocated to Boston in 1970 and studied at the Berklee School of Music in 1970 and 71. Later he joined the faculty of the School of Contemporary Music and rounded out his schedule with club and concert performances.

In 1976 Roditi moved to New York from Boston and began the arduous process of establishing himself in the highly competitive atmosphere of the world’s jazz capital. He quickly broke into the local circuit, performing and recording with Joe HendersonCharlie RouseHerbie MannTito PuenteMcCoy Tyner, and Paquito D’Rivera.
Subsequent albums under his own name have been in the Jazz idiom but his Brazilian musical roots often emerge. A selection of favorite albums by Claudio must include: Gemini Man, (1988) Slow Fire, (1989) Two Of Swords, (1991) Milestones, (1992) On The Run, (1993) Free Wheelin’, Samba-Manhattan Style, (1995) Claudio Roditi with the Metropole Orchestra, Jazz Turns Samba, (1996), Double Standards, Mind Games Live, Claudio, Rio & Friends. (1997) His solo work Symphonic Bossa Nova, with Ettore Stratta and the Royal Philharmonic earned Roditi a Grammy nomination in 1995.
He has recorded exclusively for the German Nagel Heyer label since 2004 and has produced some very fine albums as; Light in the Dark, (2004) Three for One, (2004) Reflections, (2005) and Smile, in 2006.
A strikingly proficient technician, Roditi brings enormous zest and fire to his playing. Claudio integrates post-bop elements and Brazilian rhythmic concepts with ease and plays with power and lyricism. This versatility keeps him in demand as a leader, a studio musician and a sideman. His eclecticism was put to good use during his work with the United Nations Orchestra, a band originating through Dizzy Gillespie. He has also worked with Slide Hampton’s Jazz Masters. Roditi will continue to blend the two musical forms he loves. As he describes himself; “I am a Gemini. I was born in one country and live in another but I love them both – and both kinds of music, too.”
Nathan Eklund
Trumpeter Nathan Eklund has released five albums as a leader and recorded as a sideman with numerous artists including Phil Woods, Dafnis Prieto, Roseanna Vitro, Richie Cole, Chuck Loeb and Spyro Gyra. He is equally busy in the NYC big band scene, having performed with the Dafnis Prieto Big Band, Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, Mingus Big Band, Jimmy Heath Big Band, Sir Ron Carter’s Great Big Band, Roy Hargrove Big Band, Phil Woods Festival Orchestra, Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society, Pedro Giraudo Big Band, Arturo O’Farrill’s Latin Jazz Orchestra, Oliver Lake Big Band and Scott Reeves Jazz Orchestra.  Nathan performed on the 2018 Latin Jazz Grammy winning release Back To The Sunset by the Dafnis Preito Big Band. As an educator, he is an adjunct professor at New Jersey City University, Jazz House Kids (Montclair, NJ), Newark Academy (Livingston, NJ) and Delbarton School (Morristown, NJ), and offers clinics/master classes nationwide. Nathan has earned two Jazz Performance degrees, his Bachelor’s from William Paterson University and his Master’s from New Jersey City University.
One More Once Big Band and Montgomery High School Jazz Band featuring guest artist Robin Eubanks
Apr 28 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm


7:30 p.m. -8:00 p.m. Opening Band –  Montgomery High School Jazz Band

Guest Artist – Robin Eubanks

8:15 p.m.-9:45 p.m.  One More Once Big Band from

Music charge

general admission$15 pp  –    students $10 pp   $7 pp minimum (food/drink)

One More Once Big Band

One More Once” is an 18-piece big band consisting of some of North Jersey’s top musicians. John Molloy and Joe Verderese founded the band early in 2008. The band, currently led by Joe and Tim Hayward is based out of Clifton/Nutley, NJ.  The group was put together in an effort to have a new group who share a love of jazz and want to keep the great music of our past alive, while adding flavors of some more contemporary big band sounds. The group presents music from all different eras and styles, with music ranging from the big band era of Glenn Miller and Count Basie to Stan Kenton, Thad Jones and Maynard Ferguson favorites, as well as playing contemporary music from composers within the band and other writers.

Through the years, “One More Once” has performed at concerts, fundraisers, school functions, corporate parties and town events throughout the North Jersey area, including a monthly event at Trumpets Jazz Club which features opening acts from local schools and world renowned guest artists such as: Gabriel Alegria, Eric Alexander, Carl Allen, Robby Ameen, Paul Bollenback, Ralph Bowen, Don Braden, Cecil Bridgwater, Ronnie Cuber, Vinnie Cutro, Kenny Davis, Steve Davis, Dave Demsey, Denis Diblasio, Jon Faddis, Bob Ferrel, Joel Frahm, Matt Gallagher, Wycliffe Gordon, Mark Gross, Slide Hampton, Antonio Hart, Freddie Hendrix, Conrad Herwig, Vincent Herring, Jim Hynes, Ingrid Jensen, Jeff Kunkel, Mike Lee, Pete McGuinness, Rufus Reid, John Riley, Claudio Roditi, Gary Smulyan, Marc Stasio, Dave Stryker, Steve Turre,  Walt Weiskopf and Bruce Williams.

One More Once is grateful to Angela Guerriero & St. Paul’s Church in Nutley, NJ for hosting our monthly rehearsals for the past few years.




Heart Like A Wheel featuring Stella Crispo
May 3 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Heart Like A Wheel featuring Stella Crispo @ Trumpets Jazz Club | Montclair | New Jersey | United States

1 set with intermission:   8 p.m. 
$20 pp music charge  $12 pp minimum (food/drink)



Founder and lead singer of ‘Heart Like A Wheel,’ Stella Crispo was born to Italian immigrants in Hoboken, NJ and grew up listening to everything from Mozart to Queen. She began piano lessons at age 6 and eventually graduated from Manhattan School of Music Prep in New York City, attended Westminster Choir College in Princeton and completed her undergraduate degree in Classical Voice.  Throughout her formative years, she was inspired to ‘sing it all’ just like her idol, Linda Ronstadt. ‘I have been forever influenced not only by the beauty of her voice but her ability to bridge styles and cultures.’ Stella’s coaches have included Kathy Olsen of Encompass Arts, the late Paul Gavert (Joel Grey, Betty Buckley, Glenn Close) and Patricia Carey, Mariah’s mother.  Stella’s career has taken her from performing at venues like Newark, NJ’s Performing Arts Center several times including an invitation to give a pre-show concert for Liza Minnelli to being a National Anthem singer at Prudential Center also in Newark, NJ. She has been heard on jingles, off-Broadway and in Europe. A prolific songwriter, Stella’s release ‘Out of the Rain’ has been heard throughout the world and been on the charts since October 2018. Her newest release is ‘Face to Face’ about our dependence on cell phones in relationships. ‘Heart Like A Wheel’s’ is comprised of seasoned musicians. Their first show at B.B. King’s was a huge success and was followed by outdoor concerts and events including opening up for Eagles tribute ‘Hotel California.’

Glenn Dinetz (piano/keys) was one of the members of The Fuzz Band, a group of all North Jersey police officers who enjoyed brief fame on the news channels. He was also a member of a popular local band, The Cherry Brothers for over 20 years. While in the corporate world, Glenn was the arranger and producer for the Big 4 professional services firm Deloitte Consulting’s big band Unrestricted Entity.  He is thrilled to be playing with ‘Heart Like a Wheel.’

Paul J Baccash (lead guitar/vocals) performs solo as well as with full bands of all genres. He appears at casinos, clubs, festivals and private events. Paul is also a songwriter, producer and engineer and owns his own professional recording studio.

Monique Canniere (violin/vocals) is a professional violinist and singer, and also plays viola, ukulele, mandolin, guitar, flute and penny whistle. She has gained a solid mastery in a wide range of styles and has strong roots in traditional Celtic music, which she performed with her father Vic in competitions and folk festivals since the age of six. Monique earned her BM in Performance at Mansfield University of Pennsylvania and has been greatly influenced by the music of Eastern Europe, Italy and Brazil among others. Monique performs and improvises in many different genres, specializing in classical, Baroque, jazz, contemporary pop and is also the singer, pianist and violinist in her original band which incorporates an artful hybrid between jazz, classical, rock and pop.

Tony Ventura (electric and upright bass) has a BA in Music from City College of New York (Ron Carter). Some of his Broadway and Off-Broadway credits include RENT, LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS, PIRATE QUEEN, TONY AND TINA’S WEDDING and MENOPAUSE THE MUSICAL. He has been seen on the SOPRANOS playing bass beside Nancy Sinatra and in the Disney movie ENCHANTED.  Other film credits include LIPSTICK JUNGLE, BOARDWALK EMPIRE, DAMAGES and MAD MEN.  Tony has worked with numerous singers including Lou Christie, Mel Carter, Darlene Love, Jay and the Americans, Nelson Brothers, Bobby Rydell, The Drifters, The Tokens and Shirley Austin Reeves.  He has worked with jazz guitarist Melvin Sparks, Shinobu Ito and jazz saxophonist Junior Cook.  He is a busy freelancer in the jazz, blues and R&B circuit in the NYC/NJ area.

Joe Calabria (drums) has been playing since 1971. Although his musical influences span anywhere from Led Zeppelin to Steely Dan, his first major influence was The Beatles.  Joe has played with numerous bands in various genres and clocked in many recording hours in studios throughout his career.  He enjoys being a part of ‘Heart Like a Wheel.’


Native Soul
May 10 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Native Soul

Native Soul

Noah Haidu: Piano
Steve Johns: Drums
Peter Brainin: Sax
Marcus McLaurine: Bass
$22 Cover, $12 Minimum

For the record, NATIVE SOUL is a seasoned ensemble that encompasses a broad musical swath that is sure to find a discerning ear. They surely found mine. BRAVO GENTLEMEN!
-Rufus Reid/Jazz Bassist/Composer

BOLEROS, an evening of romantic Spanish classics with Lula Valdivia & Friends
May 11 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm
BOLEROS, an evening of romantic Spanish classics with Lula Valdivia & Friends @ Trumpets Jazz Club and Restaurant | Montclair | New Jersey | United States

Boleros featuring LULA VALDIVIA Music Starts at 8pm
1 show only with intermission
$25 pp music charge  $12 pp food/drink minimum

Lula Valdivia-Vocals (Peru)
Enrico Granafei-Guitar, chromatic harmonica, vocals  (Italy)
Kristine Massari-Guest vocalist  (U.S.)
Yashmin Charnet-Abler-Guest vocalist (Brazil)

Yuri Juarez-guitar 
Christian Fabian- Bass  (Germany)
Diego Lopez- Drums/Percussion  (Italy)

Boleros, originally a nineteenth century Spanish song and dance form, was reborn as a Cuban song style and later made popular by Mexican musicians. The release of Romances, Luis Miguel’s dedication to this musical form, reintroduced this musical form to an international audience.  It is fitting that this evening’s performance, a tribute to the beautiful ballads, feature a group of international performers.

Lula Valdivia, singer, actress, recording star and television personality, moved to the United States from her native Peru only a few years ago, but her music has been internationally recognized throughout the world for decades.  Most recently she has released a CD of bachatas, co-hosted a TV show, judged a vocal competition, appeared in commercials and has been awarded special recognition for her accomplishments as an ambassadress of Peruvian culture in the U.S. She is quite an accomplished lady!  She is currently completing her most recent CD on African-Peruvian music in collaboration with internationally acclaimed musicians from Peru, Italy, the Republic of Georgia, Brazil and the U.S.

Renowned for the lyrical beauty of her voice and her rhythmic phrasing,  Lula has captured U.S. aficionados of World Music, Jazz, Latin Jazz and Afro-Peruvian Music through her recordings and live performances.

Born in Arequipa, Peru, the second largest city in the country, Lula began to sing at an early age, influenced by her father, Dr. Félix Valdivia Cano, a guitarist who performed and composed folkloric songs; but it was her mother who encouraged her to share her unique talent by performing in public.  She began her career at fourteen by singing international pop, rock and Latin American music with one of the most popular groups in Arequipa while also singing with a well-known jazz trio. These experiences helped her to develop a wide repertoire of music that encompassed jazz standards, bossa novas, boleros, criollo and pop music.   She performed in several important festivals that headlined well-known singers including Celia Cruz, Joe Arroyo from Colombia, and Alejandra Guzmán from Mexico.  In 1996 she won the coveted “Golden Voice of Festibuga,” the most important song festival in Latin America, held in Cali, Colombia. Victor Manuel presented Lula with the first prize in competition against the finest singers from ten Latin American countries  This award brought Lula widespread recognition as a singer throughout her native Peru and the rest of South America.Lula began to perform extensively throughout South America and Central America and upon returning to Peru was offered a recording contract with Iempsa, the most important recording company in Peru.  She released her first CD, Decídete!, in 1999 to rave reviews from the press and has continued to delight her audiences with her beautiful voice, heartfelt interpretations and charismatic performances throughout the U.S., where she currently resides.


Claudio Roditi Quartet
May 18 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Claudio Roditi Quartet @ Trumpets Jazz Club and Restaurant | Montclair | New Jersey | United States

2 sets: 8:00 p.m.& 10:00 p.m.
$22 pp advanced sales online  $25 pp at door  $12 pp minimum (food drink)

Claudio Roditi – trumpet
Samuel Martinelli – drums

Marcus McLaurine – bass
Tomoko Ohno – piano

Claudio Roditi was born May 28th, 1946 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He began his musical studies when he was just five years old. His native Brazilian music upbringing almost took a back seat as he became enamoured with jazz and heard recordings of Louis Armstrong, Harry James and other American trumpeters. By the time he was 13, thanks to an America uncle’s record collection, he became familiar with Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie and Miles Davis. “My uncle must have had the best jazz record collection in the whole of Brazil at that time. I use to listen to them at his house, particularly Charlie Parker and Miles. It was just the sounds that registered with me; I didn’t know what it was or what any of the tunes were – I just liked the music.” At the age of twenty, he was named a finalist in the International Jazz Competition in Vienna, and the following year, moved to Mexico City where he was active on the contemporary music scene. He relocated to Boston in 1970 and studied at studied at the Berklee School of Music in 1970 and 71. Later he joined the faculty of the School of Contemporary Music and rounded out his schedule with club and concert performances.  He is known for his warm, fluid sound combining post bop and Brazilian elements. A Grammy nominee, he has recorded a dozen albums as a leader.

Garry Dial Trio
May 31 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Garry Dial Trio @ Trumpets Jazz Club | Montclair | New Jersey | United States

2 sets:  8 p.m. and 10 p.m.
$20 pp music charge (prepaid online tickets)  $22 pp at door  $12 pp minimum (food/drink)

Garry Dial-piano
Peter Brendler -bass
Tim Horner-drums

Montclair’s own Garry Dial will perform at Trumpets with an all-star trio. One of our favorite pianists, this gifted artist will captivate you with his lyrical playing that comes straight from the soul.

Garry Dial has firmly established himself as one of the most prodigious and respected talents in jazz today, always broadening his artistic horizons as a pianist, composer, producer and teacher. Throughout his remarkable career, he has performed with such jazz legends as Red Rodney, Dick Oatts, Dizzy Gillespie, Gerry Mulligan, Roy Haynes, Mel Lewis, Nat Adderly, Joe Lovano, and Jerry Bergonzi. As a faculty member at the Manhattan School of Music in New York City, Dial has passed on his vast musical knowledge to many of today and tomorrow’s rising musical stars.

Read about his personal journey from Montclair to a major international performer here:

Garry Dial was born in Montclair New Jersey where at the age of 10 he began piano lessons with Elston Husk, a jazz pianist who ran the local music studio. Garry’s mother also played piano and helped him with his practicing during that first year of study. His 7th grade teacher gave him his first jazz record “The Oscar Peterson Trio” which instilled in him the love of jazz. For a few years he played the standards and some light classical pieces. Garry entered high school at St. Benedict’s Prep in Newark, New Jersey where his musical life would change forever. The priests at St Benedict’s were very supportive of Garry’s love of jazz. In church at St Benedict’s Garry met The “Queen Of Jazz “Mary Lou Williams”. She offered him lessons for free and took him under her wing. For the next few years Garry went into NY City, up to 145th St. in Harlem, to study with Mary Lou. It was there he learned of Miles, Monk, Bud Powell and Cecil Taylor with whom Mary was doing a duo concert at Carnegie Hall. Through a connection of Garry’s mother’s, Mary Lou was asked to perform her mass, “Mary Lou’s Mass” at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in NY City. This was the first time that a Catholic jazz mass would be performed in a major cathedral.

As a junior in high school Garry took the Summer Jazz Workshop at Berklee College Of Music. This is where he realized that music and jazz would be his calling. After high school graduation he returned to Berklee where he met his teacher of 37 years, the late Charlie Banacos. After one year at Berklee fellow musician Kenny Werner recommended Garry for a gig in Bermuda as the pianist at The Princess Hotel. He lived on the island with his lady for three years while playing 6 nights a week for various shows and singers.

In 1976 Garry returned to NY and started gigging around the city. He played with Charli Persip’s big band. There he was discovered by bebop trumpet legend Red Rodney who asked him to form a band. During this time Garry played with various small groups and singers. Through the club Jilly’s, Frank Sinatra heard of Garry and asked him to play at his apartment at the Waldorf Astoria. Although he never performed with Mr Sinatra in concert, Garry was asked on numerous occasions to play for Frank at his private parties.

During these years Garry joined The Gerry Mulligan Big Band, The Mel Lewis Quartet and the Joe Morello Quintet performing at the Blue Note In NY City.

Initially, Dial’s talent as a pianist earned him a coveted and unique place in jazz history. Ruth Ellington, sister of the great Duke Ellington, enlisted him to perform and record for the Ellington family’s personal library the entire Duke Ellington catalog. Many of these compositions would have been lost as they were unperformed and unrecorded.

In the late 1970’s Dial spent 10 years with the Red Rodney-Ira Sullivan Quintet, winning widespread acclaim as the primary composer and arranger for these legendary talents. The album “Red Rodney, Live at the Village Vanguard” was nominated for a Grammy for Best Jazz group in 1980. “Ira Does It All” (1981), featuring Ira Sullivan, was nominated for a Grammy for Best Instrumentalist. “Sprint” was chosen as one of the 10 best productions for 1983 by the News & Observer, North Carolina. Rounding out these 10 years Dial’s artistic visions are found on all of the releases of the Quintet.

In 1987 Garry Dial’s debut release “Never Is Now” (Continuum Records), performed in a trio format, featuring Joey Baron and Jay Anderson “…showcases his exceptional compositional chops on 12 originals. Dial displays an effortless supreme melodicism on tunes both coherent and open-ended enough to allow for significant participation from his associates.” (New Music Report)

In a 1989 trip “Downunder”, Dial combined his talents as producer, composer and pianist with James Morrison and artist Ken Done. “Post Cards from Down Under” (Warner Bros. Records) won national praise for the pictorial and musical portrayal of many places in Australia.

Upon his return, Dial’s partnership with saxophonist Dick Oatts offered “Dial & Oatts”, co-produced by Tom Jung and recorded on DMP. Together with the talents of Jay Anderson (bass) and Joey Baron (drums) this project eloquently combined original compositions and arrangements with a 30 piece string orchestra.

The following year the Dial/Oatts combination released “Brassworks” on DMP. Incorporating the original compositions and arrangements of Dial & Oatts and the orchestration and conducting expertise of Rich DeRosa, “Brassworks” unites the Jazz Quartet and the brass choir. This recording won “Disc of the Month” in March of 1991 (CD Review) and was picked by Wayne Thomas of the Orgonian as one of the 10 best recordings of 1990.

In 1992 Dial and Oatts teamed up again to record “Dial & Oatts Verses Cole Porter”. Together with Jay Anderson and Jeff Hirschfield they deliver an interesting project of Cole Porter’s songs while focusing primarily on the verses. Dial’s drastic reimaging of “At Long Last Love” won the top award for the Most Innovative Arrangement of a Standard in the South Bend Tribune at the Elkhart Indiana Jazz Festival in 1992.

In addition to his work in jazz Dial has also worked with the folk music group The Roches, playing on three of their recordings and appearing with them in a video performance. He also collaborated with Terre Roche on arrangements for her band Terre & Her Moodswings, which performed at New York’s Bottom Line and were the headliners at the Princeton Council of the Arts First Night Celebration in 1997.

In 1990, after fifteen years on the road, Dial joined the faculties of both The New School and Manhattan School of Music, where he teaches piano, theory and improvisation.

In 1992 Dial played on Jerry Bergonzi’s playalong record, “Melodic Structures for Advanced Music”.

In 1995 Dial’s playing and compositions were featured along with saxophonist Chris Potter on “The Brighter Side” by the Joel Spencer and Kelly Sill Quartet, on Alliance Records. Jazz critic Neil Tesser (Playboy Magazine) said “Dial’s experience and compositional abilities make him the artistic gatekeeper in this quartet.”

In 1995 Dial & Oatts presented Brassworks in Finland with the Radio Orchestra of Helsinki. On that trip he also played quartet with Jerry Bergonzi.

In 1997 Dial worked as a consultant with Joey Baron on his CD “Down Home”, featuring Ron Carter, Arthur Blythe and Bill Frisell. Also in 1997, Dial’s compositions were featured in a trio format on the K-Jazz Allstars’ “Straight Ahead”ls with Charles Fambrough on bass and Ralph Peterson on drums.

In the late 1990’s the Dial & Oatts band incorporated virtuoso guitarist Vic Juris in a band called Loose Change which played in New York City at The Blue Note and Visiones. He continued during this period to do some live engagements with saxophonists Dick Oatts, Jerry Bergonzi and Rick Margitza.

Dial went deeper into composition studies in the 1990’s These compositions can be heard on his trio recording “Tea For Three” with drummer Jeff Hirshfield and bassist John Hebert.

Finding a balance between performing and teaching , he wrote the two-year theory and performance curriculum for The New School. In the year 2000 Manhattan School of Music took a new course of direction. With a new chairman, Justin DiCioccio, Dial was appointed head of the improvisation department where his six-year course of study has been implemented in the curriculum.

In New York Dial has a private teaching practice where he has acted as producer for some of his students. An impressive group has studied with him, which includes viberaphonist Stefan Harris and pianist Jacob Sacks, a finalist in the Monk Competition.

Not limiting himself to jazz, Dial has taught people from other musical genres including the Queen of R&B, Mary J. Blige. Billy Joel and supermodel Christie Brinkley’s daughter Alexa studied with Garry as she prepared for her musical debut. Amanda Brecker daughter of Randy Brecker and Brazilian jazz pianist Eliane Elias has studied with Garry for many years.

In 2001, Bette Midler came to study music with Garry. She remains among the growing number of his students. In September of that year he had the honor of co-writing with pianist Bette Sussman a New York Medley for Miss Devine’s tribute to the fallen World Trade Center and Mayor Rudolph Guiliani.

In the fall of 2001 Dial performed with the Gerry Bergonzi Group at The Hopewell in Connecticut.

For four years Dial contributed to the Euro-Meet Jazz Workshop in Italy. In addition to doing master classes at the workshop Dial performed with his trio in Northern Italy and also in Salzburg and Vienna, Austria.

In January 2002 Dial teamed up with Dick Oatts to teach master classes at The Dutch Conservatory in Amsterdam Holland. Part of an exchange program with The Manhattan School Of Music, Dial and Oatts performed at the school and at the local jazz club in Amsterdam.

From 2003 till the present Garry continued teaching and performing. Two new projects began to consume his time. One is a CD and video entitled “US AND THEM”, a collection of arrangements of national anthems in collaboration with folksinger Terre Roche, and featuring musicians from many countries. He performed two of the anthems live with the Roches: the Czech anthem at the Bottom Line in NYC and the Tibetan anthem at Philip Glass’s annual Carnegie Hall benefit concert for Tibet House. This collaboration took on a new life when Bob Justich became executive producer and started to make a movie about the project. For a few years a film team followed Garry and Terre around NY as they interviewed and preformed with various world musicans for the video. After 17 years of work on this project has been released in the Fall of 2008. It is available for purchase on

The second project was the construction of a house on a Caribbean island. From his early years living in Bermuda Garry always had a love of the islands and the water. He bought a piece of land on the top of a mountain facing the ocean on the island of St. John and began building a villa. After 4 years Moonswept Villa was completed and he has been spending time there practicing and writing. A dream came true of having a busy NY life while being able to retreat to paradise to compose and reflect.

In January 2008 a series of lessons with Garry was filmed and can be viewed on the internet at

In May 2008 Garry performed with Dick Oatts the music from their Cole Porter CD At the L.A. Jazz Festival in Los Angeles. In July of 2008 Dial and Oatts again teamed up in Amsterdam for the Summer jazz Workshop.

On Sept 15th 2008 Garry performed with flutist Anne Drummond At Dizzy’s Coca Cola at Lincoln Center. They played a duo piece which Anne wrote for him entitled “Garry’s Place”. Garry And Ms. Drummond have performed in duo and quartet throughout The United States and Europe.

In 2009 Garry performed In NY at the jazz clubs The Knickerbocker and Smalls.

On Dec 8th 2009 Garry’s teacher of 37 years, Charlie Banacos died of cancer. His death was a huge blow to the jazz world. A week before his death Mr Banacos through his family asked Garry to help continue his teachings. Garry is now teaching private jazz lessons online through the Banacos family and on his own. Garry’s lessons are for all instruments and vocalists as well.

Garry performed with vocalist Hilary Kole in 2010 at Birdland in NY. Garry toured with her quartet to Montreal Canada. In the summer the quartet played 11 nights at the Umbria Jazz festival in Perugia Italy. In the fall of 2010 Garry and Ms Kole played in London, Paris and Istanbul.

Movie star Ben Stiller hired Garry in November of that year to teach him to play the piano for the Broadway Show ” House Of Blue Leaves”.

“The Pleasure of his Accompaniment” is the title of an article about Garry featured in the Vocal Ease column of Backstage Magazine on January 5,2011. In March Garry returned with Ms Kole to Istanbul Turkey to perform at the Jazz Center for a two week engagement. In April Garry was the featured artist in residence for a three day jazz festival at The Chesire High School in Chesire Connecticut.

Fall, 2011 found Garry playing at Smalls in New York City with his quartet, including Anne Drummond, Steve LaSpina and Richard Derosa.

Between the years 2010 and 2012, Mark Lamb Dance featured Garry several times in his Second Saturday Sanctuary Salon Series at Seven. For this unusual peformance, with no rehearsal at all, Garry’s piano improvisations provided the inspiration for the Mark Lamb Dancers to create their work on the spot.

In the Spring of 2012 Dial and Oatts performed their Brassworks music with the Manhattan School of Music conducted by Justin Dicioccio .This was a special evening for Garry because “Brassworks” shared the bill with Mary Lou Williams’s “Zodiac Suite”, in the first performance of this work since the original Town Hall concert in 1945. Garry brought Fr. Peter O’Brien, Mary Lou’s manager, to speak about Mary. Garry kicked off the show with a solo blues that Mary taught him when he was only 14 years old.

Back at Smalls in the fall of 2012 Garry performed trio with Jay Anderson on bass and Joe Hunt on drums.

In Jan 2013 Garry performed in duo with singer Luba Dolgopolsky at the St John School of the Arts in St John U.S.V.I.

Most recently adding to the list of his celebrity students, NY Yankee’s legend and Grammy nominated guitarist Bernie Williams began studies with Garry in improvisation in the spring of 2013.

In May of 2013 Garry performed solo piano at a Harlem Piano Jazz party called “Fist full of Keys” at the club Ginny’s. He Played the music of his teacher MaryLou Williams and Duke Ellington in tribute to the Harlem Stride greats.

Also in the same month The Garry Dial Trio featuring Jay Anderson and Richard DeRosa played the music of Bill Evans at Trumpets Jazz Club in Montclair, N.J.

In July of 2013 Garry gave a master class in the art of improvisation at Princeton University as part of the Golansky Institute Summer Symposium.

Garry can be heard on both piano and keyboards on the first CD of “Afro-Jersey”, a trio blending American and West African folk music with original songs sung in both English and Mandingo. “Afro-Jersey” was released in the summer of 2013.

After many years Dial and Oatts are reuniting to present a large scale project in which they’ve written original music to the poetry of Walt Whitman. This will feature a jazz quintet including trumpeter Terell Stafford, along with Temple University’s 32-voice concert choir, and some of the best vocal soloists working in New York City today. The beautiful choral arrangements were written and conducted by Rich DeRosa. This project is scheduled to have its premiere performance at Philadelphia’s Temple Performing Arts Center in October of 2013.

Dial & Oatts, Red Rodney & Ira Sullivan, Dizzy Gillespie, James Moody, Gerry Mulligan, Mel Lewis, Sheila Jordan, Joe Lovano, Jerry Bergonzi, Village Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, Joe Morello, Roy Haynes, Charlie Persip, Nat Adderly, Gunther Schuller, Toots Thielemans

B.A. Manhattan School of Music
M.A. Manhattan School of Music Berklee College of Music Alumnus Manhattan School of Music Faculty since 1990
New School of Social Research Faculty since 1990
Private Studies: Charlie Banacos, Mary Lou Williams & Jacki Byard
To view a complete bio please visit Garry’s website at
To view the article “The Pleasure of his Accompaniment” in Back Stage magazine go to

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