A jazz quartet will perform original composition, jazz standards, american standards within' contemporary hard-bop idiom.Greg Rivkin-trumpetPeter Zak-pianoDmitry Kolesnik-bassLuca Santaniello-drumsSee More
Stepping into the phase of his artistic maturity, trumpeter and jazz artist Gregory Rivkin is on his way to become one of the most recognizable musical stylists of his generation. The International Trumpet Guild Journal describes Gregory Rivkin’s improvisational style as “lyrical, nicely -flowing and hard swinging lines in true-bop fashion, very reminiscent of Freddy Hubbard, Lee Morgan and Woody Shaw”.
However, being classically trained, Gregory Rivkin is able to make a complete turn around and perform classical repertoire, when needed. Such versatility allowed Gregory to feel comfortable on stage of Carnegie Hall, Merkin Concert Hall or Aspen Music Festival during his previous performances.
Continuing to establish his carrier as an artist performer and educator, Gregory Rivkin collaborated with jazz artists such as: Elvin Jones, Don Braden, Ralph La-lama, Harvie S, Hal Galper, Mike Karn, Bill Goodwin, Donald Harrison, David Schnitter, Eddie Henderson, Claudio Roditi, Valery Ponomarev, Virginia Mayhew, Kirk Lightsey, Johnny Griffin, Tim Armacost, Misha Piatigorsky, Dmitry Kolesnik, Ed Howard, Vic Juris, Roy Hargrove and other internationally acclaimed musicians. His Big-Band experiences include: Ricky Ford Band in Paris, France, The Brooklyn Big-Band, The Mingus Big Band, Ray Charles Memorial Band, and Richie Cole’s Alto Madness Orchestra in the United States.
As a leader Gregory Rivkin frequently performs in the jazz clubs of the Tri-State area, but he enjoys the road too.
His recent recording “Soft Colors” for Eroica /Turn On Records is available worldwide.
Gregory Rivkin is a Prestige Classical Productions artist. www.gershonmusic.com
… With his persuasive sound and economical improvisatory style, trumpeter Gregory Rivkin tells a story with chords played in imaginative ways and lines that unfold surprisingly.
-Zan Stewart, Newark Star Ledger
...Gregory Rivkin has that “Blue Note” sound of 60-ies, which is pretty unusual to our days...
-Hal Galper, Pianist and Educator
…Mr. Rivkin is a musical genius and has an exceptional knowledge of both classical and jazz traditions
...An extraordinary trumpet-player…
-Paul Mercer Ellington, Leader and Conductor, Duke Ellington Orchestra
Jazz History and Research Program
Rutgers University, Newark, NJ
Thesis: The Importance of Classical Training in Careers of Jazz Trumpeters/Complete Method for a Contemporary Jazz Trumpeter
2003 B.F.A. Jazz Performance, The New School University, New York, NY
1999 Artist Diploma Classical Trumpet/Performance
National Paris Conservatory, Paris, France
Prestige Classical Productions/ Artist Management, L.T.D.
Eroica Records/Turn On Records
Buffet Crampon Inc./Courtois Trumpets
International Trumpet Guild
2007 Blues for Larry Young
These Were the Soulful Days
2004 Russian View (aka For the One)
2002 Soft Colors
In Progress Interplay
Jazz Duet (trumpet and piano)
2006 Soft Colors
Turn On Records JDT 3316
2003 Texas Rumba; with Harvie.S. and The Eye Contact
2002 Listen, Lord; with Alice Parker and Melodius Accord
In progress The Completer Method for Contemporary Jazz Trumpeter
ARTICLES (asterisks denote articles in refereed journals or books)
Clifford Brown, Musicians and Composers of 20th Century
Under review by Salem Press
2007 The Importance of Classical Training for Jazz Trumpeter
Brownie Speaks; Musical Sources of Clifford Brown
2005 The Sources of Musical Style of Woody Shaw
TELEVISION BROADCASTS, JAZZ FESTIVALS, HONORARY APPERIANCES AS A LEADER:
2007 Festival of New Trumpet Music, New York, NY
2007 Weill Recital Hall, Carnegie Hall, New York, NY
2007 and 2006 "O.S.P.A.C Jazz Festival"
2005 Jazz Festival in a Memory of Vagif Mustafa-Zade
R.T.V.I. Channel, New York
2005 The 33rd Annual New York Brass Conference
2005 Historic Brass Society International Symposium 2005
2004 Fox and Friends, Fox Channel, New York
2003 An Evening Bird, N.T.V. Channel, New York
2000,1999,1997,1995 Red Sea International Jazz Festival
1997 Guest Soloist with Ankara Philharmonic, Ankara Turkey
1996 Guest Soloist with Israel Philharmonic
1995 European Tour (Belgium, Germany) as a soloist with Rubin Chamber Orchestra
1994 Music at the Mountains/ Aspen, Colorado
SELECTED BIG BAND AND SMALL ENCEMBLES PERFORMANCES AS A SIDEMAN
Present Cecil’s Big Band
Core Trumpeter, Featured Soloist
2006, 2005 The Brooklyn Big Band
Core Trumpeter, Featured Soloist
2006, 2005, 2004 Mingus Big-Band
Spring 2005 Ray Charles Orchestra
Summer 2003 Elvin Jones’ Jazz Machine
Fall 2002-Spring 2003 Harvie S & Eye Contact
ADDITIONAL PERFORMANCES WITH
Don Braden, Valery Ponomarev, Claudio Roditi, Hal Galper, Vic Juris, Ralph La-lama, Billy Hart, Bill Goodwin, Mike Le-Donne, Joe Farnsworth, Donald Harrisson, Cecil Brooks III, Benny Golson, Johnny Griffin, Tim Armacost, Kirk Lightsey, Onaje Allan-Gumbs, Roy Hargrove, to name a few.
A.B.S. International Music Competition
Laureate, Silver Medal Winner
2005 and 2003
Carmine Caruso International Jazz Competition
Maurice Andre International Trumpet Competition
Geneva International Trumpet Competition
SELLECTED ADDITIONAL AWARDS/SCHOLARSHIPS
2007 Berger/Carter Award
2005 and 2003 Herb Alpert Foundation
2002, 2000, 1996, 1994, 1992 America-Israel Cultural Foundation
1999 First Prize from National Paris Conservatory, Paris, France
Thanks for writing back. Life is good and I'm excited to be playing a lot more trumpet now than what I was able to do for many years. It is funny now that I'm older that my mind seems to 'think' more musically, but my chops and flexibility just aren't there yet. I'm certainly a work in progress concerning trumpet.
You had asked about the Romeo Adaci Referenz that I play and I must say that I really love this trumpet. I wrote a review after I first purchased it, which is available at: http://www.brassreview.com/reviews/showproduct.php/product/393/sort/8/cat/155/page/1
I look forward to hearing more of your music and will now visit your website - hoping to learn more about the equipment you use and hear more music.
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