Greg Murphy, piano
Tommy Campbell, drums
Billy Johnson, bass
Chicago native Greg Murphy has been a major contributor to the NYC jazz scene since the 1980s and is known for his 22-year association with John Coltrane’s multidirectional drummer, Rashied Ali.
A 1984 National Endowment for the Arts jazz studies grant gave Greg the opportunity to study with eminent New Orleans pianist and jazz educator, Ellis Marsalis. He remained there and began recording and performing with The New Orleans Jazz Couriers, Percussion Incorporated, and his own group, The Fusicians.
Greg moved to New York in 1987 and began a long association with multi-directional drummer, Rashied Ali. Greg performed and recorded with Ali and his various groups until Rashied passed away in 2009.
He’s worked in New York with Ornette Coleman and in France with Carlos Santana and Archie Shepp. In 2012, Greg recorded the theme song “Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?” for the HBO documentary Redemption, which received an Academy Award nomination for best documentary short. “Bright Idea,” his latest critically acclaimed CD (featuring Jeff “Tain” Watts) was #1 on the JazzWeek charts in February and March 2019.
Greg also performed with Billy Hart, Arthur Taylor, Joe Lovano, Grachan Moncur, III, Christian McBride, Cindy Blackman, Flava Flav, Charles McPherson, Larry Ridley, William Parker and Charles Gayle, and many others.
Tommy Campbell was born in Norristown, PA on February 14, 1957. His uncle is the late Jimmy Smith, Hammond B3 Organist and Jazz pioneer. Tommy has been living and playing in New York City for many years as a professional musician. He also lived in Europe for several years and in Tokyo for 13 years before returning to NYC.
He continues to perform with the Dizzy Gillespie Afro Cuban Experience, the Dizzy gillespie All Stars and the Mingus Big Band & Orchestra.
Some of Tommy's Recordings, world tours and appearances are with Sonny Rollins, The Manhattan Transfer, Dizzy Gillespie, John McLaughlin, Ray Anderson, Kevin Eubanks, Stanley Jordan, Uncle/Organist-Jimmy Smith, George Benson, Wynton Marsalis, Jaco Pastorius, Sadao Watanabe, Terumasa Hino, Brandford Marsalis, Tania Maria and many others.
Billy Johnson was born in Milwaukee to the legendary local performer and scene pioneer William "Scaf' Johnson. He was immersed in music during the golden era of jazz, frequenting the historic Bronzeville and downtown Milwaukee clubs where his father worked. He attended Wisconsin Conservatory College of Music from 1974-78. In 1979, Billy joined his younger brother, drummer Mark Johnson in New York, where he resided for 25 years.
Billy’s NYC tenure began as a street musician on Broadway, where he climbed the ranks in the competitive jazz scene until ultimately working worldwide with many of the finest masters in the history of American music. His first major break from passerby, singer Abbey Lincoln, with whom he would be associated for ten years. Billy studied with jazz greats Ron Carter, Richard Davis, Buster Williams, Cecil McBee, and Rufus Reid. He was awarded a full scholarship at Long Island University, where he would later become an instructor.
His residency with Lincoln led to the touring big bands of vibraphone giant, Lionel Hampton and tenor saxophonist Illinois Jacquet, with whom he played at the 1992 presidential inaugural ball.
Billy’s greatest mentor was the most recorded hard bop drummer in history, Arthur Taylor, with whom Billy toured the world and developed into a modern jazz musician.
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