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About the "Inventions" Trio:

 

WHAT is it? A brand new group:  two classically-trained jazz masters of the piano and trumpet have joined with a marvelously gifted and classically-trained cellist to explore the intersection of chamber music and jazz, to “find the chamber music in jazz and the jazz in chamber music,” performing fresh interpretations of well-known classical themes, jazz classics, and original works, such as Bill Mays’ “Fantasy for Cello, Trumpet and Piano.”

WHO is it?  Pianist Bill Mays, trumpeter/flugelhornist Marvin Stamm, and cellist Alisa Horn [bios and photos]

WHERE did it come from?  The  “Inventions” trio grew out of Mays and Stamm’s long association and duo work together, followed by a commission (from Howard Horn and Frank Osborn) of Mays’ three-movement Fantasy for Cello, Trumpet & Piano.  Another inspiration for the trio was Mays’ duo work with flutist Bud Shank in 1980 that resulted in the Concord Records LP, Explorations, which featured Mays’ Suite for Flute and Piano and improvisations on themes by Bach, Scriabin, Debussy and Ravel.  In the 1990s Mays mixed musical genres again by orchestrating The Nutcracker Suite for Jazz City Records.  Written for four woodwinds and rhythm the CD featured movements from the Nutcracker and other well-known themes by Bach, Chopin, Debussy and Rachmaninoff.  In recent years, Mays teamed with members of the Finisterra, and the Philadelphia Piano Quartets to play his jazz versions of Arensky, Dvorak, Mendelssohn, Rodrigo, and Vivaldi.  In Mays’ words:  “whether playing Borodin or Bird, Bach or bop, the aim is to make the music come alive in a new way, find great melodies, be true to the composer’s underlying harmonic scheme, let the music swing, listen intently, play honestly, always honoring the rich traditions from which we’re drawing and building upon.”

About Bill Mays:
With deep roots in jazz, gospel, pop and classical music Bill’s eclectic career as a pianist, composer and arranger spans more than four decades.  On hundreds of recordings, Bill’s concert and recording credits include work with artists as diverse as Ron Carter, Al Cohn, Buddy DeFranco, Benny Golson, Freddie Hubbard, Al Jarreau, Barry Manilow, Shelly Manne, Red Mitchell, Gerry Mulligan, Art Pepper, Bud Shank, Frank Sinatra, Sonny Stitt, Toots Thielemans, the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, Sarah Vaughan, Phil Woods and Frank Zappa.

Bill’s keyboard work has been heard on numerous movie soundtracks and TV shows, among them Adaptation, Annie, Being John Malkovich, CBS Early Morning, Consenting Adults, Dallas, Fargo, Frida, Fur, Gremlins, Interview With The Vampire, Knot’s Landing, Kojak, Ladykillers, Late Night with Jay Leno, Mission To Mars, Name That Tune, Rocky, Shaft 2, Simone, Sleepless In Seattle, Superman, The Alamo and Wolf.

Much respected for his compositional and arranging talents Bill has written saxophone quartets, suites for flute and piano, double bass and piano, music for the Carnegie Hall Jazz Band, Aureole chamber ensemble, the Woody Herman Bandand incidental music for TV and film (Anamorph, Hamlet, Looker, Tribeca).  He is a recipient of grants from Meet The Composer, the N.E.A., Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation, is a Grammy nominee, a Steinway Piano Artist and a PennPat roster artist.  His recent work on Palmetto Records (www.palmetto-records.net) documents his long-standing piano/bass/drums trio with Martin Wind and Matt Wilson (Summer Sketches, Going Home, Live At Jazz Standard).  His upcoming Palmetto release, with Ms. Horn and Mr. Stamm, will include his “Fantasy,” and improvisations on classical themes, featuring cellist Alisa Horn and trumpeter Marvin Stamm.

About Marvin Stamm:
Marvin Stamm is a graduate of the well-known North Texas Lab Band program.  Upon completing his degree, he went on the road for several years, serving as trumpet soloist for the Stan Kenton and Woody Herman Orchestras.  Marvin moved to New York City in 1966 where he spent twenty-three years as a major New York City studio musician.  During this time, Marvin was a member of the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Jazz Orchestra, the Duke Pearson Big Band, and the American Jazz Orchestra led by pianist and composer John Lewis.  He also performed for a period with singer Frank Sinatra and with the Benny Goodman Septet.  He also appears as soloist with symphony orchestras and performs as a member of the George Gruntz Concert Jazz band and the Westchester Jazz Orchestra.  Marvin has also been involved in Jazz education for many years and spends a good deal of time working with young musicians.  Current CDs: By Ourselves - Marvin Stamm/Bill Mays Duo; The Stamm/Soph Project;The Stamm/Soph Project - Live at Birdland.

About Alisa Horn:
Alisa Horn is originally from Memphis, Tennessee, where she studied with Professor Peter Spurbeck at the University of Memphis.  She completed her Master of Music in Cello Performance at Northwestern University with Professor Hans Jorgen Jensen in 2006 and received her Bachelor of Music in Cello Performance from the University of Michigan where she studied with Professor Anthony Elliott.  Alisa was the Second Prize Winner in the 2006 WAMSO-Minnesota Orchestra Volunteer Association’s Young Artist Competition and won the 2004 University of Michigan Concerto Competition performing Ernest Bloch’s Schelomo.  She was a regular member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago in 2004-2005 and was appointed the principal cellist of the Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra during the summer of 2006.  Alisa often performs and records with singer/songwriter, Sam Winch, and one of their songs was featured in an episode of the hit TV series, Grey’s Anatomy.  Recently, Alisa and pianist, Jue He, recorded the Rachmaninoff and Miaskovsky Sonatas for Cello and Piano and the duo was featured on McGraw-Hill’s Young Artist Showcase, WQXR-FM in New York City.  In May of 2007, Alisa will perform Miaskovsky’s Cello Concerto with the Oakville Chamber Orchestra of Ontario, Canada.  Alisa is currently working as a free-lance artist in Los Angeles, California.