The Inventions Trio CD Release

The Inventions Trio

Based in New York City, THE INVENTIONS TRIO brings together the talents of two classically-trained masters of jazz and improvisation and a classically-trained cellist to present programs that 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. The Trio released its debut recording, “Fantasy,” on Palmetto Records which was voted one of the top new jazz releases of 2007 in The Village Voice and was given rave reviews by Downbeat Magazine, Jazziz, and Jazz Times magazines. Their second album, “Delaware River Suite” was released in 2008 featuring Mays‘ title piece.

The Trio is celebrating their release of “Life’s a Movie” featuring the title piece by Mays, as well as works by Bill Evans, Thelonius Monk, and Rodrigo/Chick Corea. The album will be internationally released on the legendary Chiaroscuro Records in September 2013.

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With deep roots in jazz, gospel, pop, and classical music BILL MAYS’ eclectic career as a pianist, composer, and arranger spans more than four decades. On hundreds of recordings, Mays’ 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, The Big Lebowski, Consenting Adults, Dallas, Fargo, Fur, Julie and Julia, Knot’s Landing, Late Night with Jay Leno, Rocky, Sleepless in Seattle, and many others. Greatly respected for his compositional and arranging talents, Mays is the recipient of many honors and grants, is a Grammy nominee, a Steinway Piano Artist, and a PennPat roster artist.

MARVIN STAMM joined Stan Kenton’s orchestra as his jazz trumpet soloist in 1961, recording five albums with the orchestra. In 1965 through mid-1966, he toured worldwide with Woody Herman before settling in New York City where he quickly established himself as a busy jazz trumpeter. Stamm became a recognized first-call studio player recording with Bill Evans, Quincy Jones, Oliver Nelson, Duke Pearson, Thad Jones, Wes Montgomery, Freddie Hubbard, Stanley Turrentine, Patrick Williams, Michel Legrand, Lena Horne, Frank Foster, Paul Desmond, George Benson, Paul McCartney, and many other popular artists. Currently, Stamm’s activities include performing as a soloist, touring with his jazz quartet, in duo with Bill Mays, and with the Inventions Trio. Stamm also performs with symphony orchestras, the George Gruntz Concert Jazz Band in Europe, and with the Westchester Jazz Orchestra.

ALISA HORN is a free-lance cellist in New York City where she loves performing a wide variety of musical genres from classical to jazz to rock and beyond. A native of Memphis, Tennessee, she received her Bachelor of Music in Cello Performance from the University of Michigan and her Master of Music in Cello Performance from Northwestern University. Horn was a winner of the WAMSO Young Artist Competition, a regular member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago (training orchestra of the Chicago Symphony), and was featured on McGraw-Hill's Young Artist Showcase with her recording of the Rachmaninoff and Miaskovsky Sonatas for Cello and Piano with pianist, Jue He. Most recently, Horn performed in Venice at the Public Theater, MCC Theater's revival of Carrie, as well as in Dogfight at Second Stage Theater. She performed regularly on Broadway in the Tony Award Winning/Pulitzer Prize Winner for Drama, Next to Normal.


This sizzling new ensemble, consisting of clarinet, violin, cello, and guitar, performs original transcriptions of works by Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, Bix Beiderbecke, Fats Waller, George Gershwin, and other legendary American composers. Their red-hot music, reminiscent of the Prohibition-era speakeasies and flappers, will have you jumpin' and jivin' and doing the Charleston in no time flat. Vintage members are graduates of the Juilliard, Manhattan and Mannes conservatories of music. They perform regularly at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center, on Broadway, and at classical and jazz festivals around the country.

$12.00 - $17.00


Featuring Bill Mays, Marvin Stamm, and Alisa Horn

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