I’ve been working on a new record that will feature Pat Bianchi on organ, Fima Ephron on bass, and drummers Jonathan Barber & Charley Drayton. Release is planned for early 2017 on the Zoho Music label.
I’ll be playing two nights at the end of the month with Ralph Peterson’s Unity Project, which uses the Larry Young/Woody Shaw recording Unity as a musical point of departure. That will take place July 30th-31st at Minton’s here in NYC. I’ll be honored to work with Ralph’s band as well as playing at the legendary Harlem club where bebop was incubated.
“Greg is the most versatile and imaginative guitarist I’ve ever worked with.” –Bobby Watson
Greg Skaff plumbs the depths of creative artistry and honest emotion in his guitar playing, showing himself to be among the leading proponents of jazz music anywhere. No exaggeration. The native Kansan, whose first professional job was a five-year stay in the band of saxophone giant Stanley Turrentine, has flourished as first-call sideman in New York City since the 1980s.
He’s played gigs and/or recorded with past masters Ruth Brown, Freddie Hubbard, and David “Fathead” Newman as well as notables Ben Allison, Bruce Barth, Pat Bianchi, George Colligan, Orin Evans, Joe Farnsworth, David Hazeltine, Mike LeDonne, Victor Lewis, Gloria Lynne, Ralph Peterson, Jr., Jim Rotondi, E. J. Strickland, Bobby Watson, Matt Wilson, and others.
Fronting his acclaimed trio, Greg has commanded the attention of discriminating listeners in club and festival performances throughout the country, including gigs at Smalls Jazz Club, the Bar Next Door, the 55 Bar, and the Iridium in Manhattan, at the Artists’ Quarter in St. Paul, and at the Umbria Jazz Festival in Italy.
Greg’s four feature albums have been well-received by jazz fans everywhere. The latest is 116th & Park, his fourth overall and third consecutive release on the high-profile ZOHO Music label.