composer, producer and educator Greg Osby has made an
indelible mark on contemporary jazz as a leader of his own ensembles
and as a guest artist with other acclaimed jazz groups for the past 20
years. Highly regarded
for his insightful and innovative approach to composition and
Osby is a shining beacon among the current generation of jazz
He has earned numerous awards and critical acclaim for his recorded
and passionate live performances.
Born and reared in St. Louis, Greg Osby began his professional
music career in 1975, after three years of private studies on clarinet,
flute and alto saxophone. Coming from a vibrant and musical city, Osby
showed an early interest in the performing arts and spent his years in
secondary school with a heavy involvement in Blues and Jazz groups. In
1978 Osby furthered his musical education at Howard University
(Washington, D.C.) where he majored
in Jazz Studies. He continued his studies at the Berklee College of
(Boston, MA) from 1980 to 1983.
Upon relocating to New York in early 1983, Osby quickly
himself as a notable and in demand sideman for artists as varied as
Hancock, Dizzy Gillespie, Jack DeJohnette, Andrew Hill, Muhal Richard
Jim Hall and Jaki Byard as well as with many ethnic and new music
ensembles in the New York area.
In 1985 Osby was invited to to join Jack DeJohnette's innovative group, "Special Edition". It was as a member of this ensemble Osby was able to fine tune the more challenging aspects of his conception in an open ended, no holds barred musical situation. Says Osby, "My musical thinking for performance and composition advanced by light years as Jack was open to my input and was very encouraging in pushing me to to maintain a steady flow of experimentation. It marked a major turning point in my development as an artist."
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