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Joined in
2015

Gary

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Teaches Piano

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About Gary

I began performing in bands at age 14.                       
Graduated the famed William Patterson University with a B. A. in Jazz studies.                                    
I studied under Thad Jones ( mentor and teacher, co leader of the Thad Jones Mel Lewis Orchestra) 
 and with other great pianist such as  Sir Roland Hanna, Hank Jones, Barry Harris , Walter Norris and Gary Kirkpatrick.
I performed with such great artist as Dizzy Gillespie, Thad Jones,  
Elvin Jones, Billy Hart, George Mraz and Mel Lewis. 
After a short tour with Ray, Goodman and Brown in 1988
I joined Gerald  Alston’s ( lead singer of The Manhattans)  band for his solo tour in 1989. 
Where we did a British Isles tours with Natalie Cole and a 6 week   European tour withWhitney Houston. We Then Toured Japan , Jamaica and The U.S.
 
 In 1993 The Manhattans reformed  and I came right along with Them. Touring South Africa in 1996 and 1998 which produced a live performance gold CD from the 1996 tour. For which I received a award for the recording going Gold In South Africa, I have played at Madison Square Garden, BB Kings club, the Apollo Theater, and Radio City Music Hall.
 
I currently play in the New Jersey area and can still be seen on the PBS special "My Music: “Soul of the 70s", where I conducted the orchestra  for The Manhattans performance of “You are My Shining Star”.
 
I also continues to write, Produce, Record Mix Audio and perform in The New York  Metropolitan area.
 
In 2006 I Joined the band Pulse Productions , performing  at local venues, AC Casinos , Private party  and I have been teaching private students for over 15 years. 

 

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