Greg Osby

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A very original soloist with a style and sound of his own, Greg Osby is one of the most innovative jazz musicians of the past 20 years. Born in St. Louis in 1960, Osby gained early experience playing blues, r&b, funk and jazz as a teenager. He attended Howard University and the Berklee School Of Music (1980-83). After graduating from Berklee, Osby moved to New York. He became associated with Steve Coleman and the M-Base Collective, performing a new style of jazz that included creative funk rhythms, advanced harmonies and improvising that was influenced a bit by Ornette Coleman’s Prime Time. Osby developed his own original voice with the M-Base players and during associations with Jack DeJohnette’s Special Edition, Herbie Hancock, Jaki Byard and Muhal Richard Abrams. Osby began recording as a leader in 1987 and gained recognition for his playing with Andrew Hill. In the 1990s the altoist created an important series of albums for Blue Note, serving as an inspiration for younger adventurous musicians including pianist Jason Moran who was in Osby’s group for a time. He also was part of Henry Kaiser and Wadada Leo Smith’s “Yo Miles” band and in 2003 toured with The Dead (a Grateful Dead tribute group). During his career, in addition to his own albums, Greg Osby has recorded with Jack DeJohnette, Herbie Hancock, Andrew Hill, the Strata Institute, the M-Base Collective, Steve Coleman, Dianne Reeves, Gary Thomas, Cassandra Wilson, Terri Lyne Carrington, Mark Helias, Cecil Brooks III, Michele Rosewoman, Franco Ambrosetti, Michael Formanek, Lonnie Plaxico, Bob Belden, Rodney Jones, Jim Hall, Stefon Harris, Jason Moran, Sam Rivers, Joe Lovano, Stefon Harris, Uri Caine, Marc Copland, Yo Miles, Andrew Cyrille and Paul Motian.

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Articles on Greg Osby

03/27/12    Farewells    By Greg Osby

Greg Osby Remembers Sam Rivers

11/08/11    Before & After    By Bill Milkowski

Tyshawn Sorey Takes the Before & After Challenge

March 2008    Farewells    By Greg Osby

Andrew Hill (6.30.31 – 4.20.07)

March 2008    JT Notes    By Evan Haga

The Dearly Departed

October 2007    Features    By Marc Hopkins

Digital Rhythms: Embracing Online Music Distribution

April 2007    News    By Evan Haga

IAJE in NYC

October 2005    Albums    By Thomas Conrad

Channel Three
Greg Osby

October 2005    Albums    By Thomas Conrad

Channel Three
Greg Osby

07/19/05    Concerts    By Christopher Porter

Umbria Jazz 05

May 2005    Eighty-Eights    By Steve Futterman

Night Call
Marc Copland/Greg Osby

May 2005    Eighty-Eights    By Steve Futterman

Night Call
Marc Copland/Greg Osby

March 2005    Cadenza    By Gary Giddins

Last Year's CD Shelf

September 2004    Albums    By Ron Wynn

Structure
Terri Lyne Carrington/Adam Rogers/Jimmy Haslip/Greg Osby

July/August 2004    Saxophonics    By Chris Kelsey

Public
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July/August 2004    News    By John Murph

Greg Osby: Public, Structure

January/February 2004    News    By Nate Chinen

Supporting Cast: Is There Still a Role for Jazz Criticism?

October 2003    Albums    By Harvey Siders

Round and Round
Marc Copland/Greg Osby

June 2003    Features    By Ashley Kahn

Greg Osby: Out of the Woods

June 2003    JT Notes    By Christopher Porter

Osby’s Art Deserves a Forum

05/25/03    Concerts    By John Schu

Greg Osby in Germany

September 2002    Albums    By John Murph

Inner Circle
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October 2001    Albums    By Bill Milkowski

Symbols of Light (A Solution)
Greg Osby

May 2000    Albums    By Peter Margasak

The Invisible Hand
Greg Osby

September 1999    Albums    By Bill Shoemaker

Friendly Fire
Joe Lovano/Greg Osby

June 1999    Label Watch    By Josef Woodard

Label Watch: Winter & Winter

June 1999    Features    By Willard Jenkins

Greg Osby & Gary Thomas: Trading Choruses

April 1999    Albums    By Harvey Pekar

Banned in New York
Greg Osby

December 1998    Albums    By John Murph

Zero
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December 1997    Albums    By Tom Terrell

Further Ado
Greg Osby

December 1997    Features    By Bret Primack

Jazz 2010: What Does the Future Hold?

Albums

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Banned in New York

Blue Note Records
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Further Ado

Blue Note Records
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Zero

Blue Note Records
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The Invisible Hand

Blue Note Records
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Symbols of Light (A Solution)

Blue Note Records
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Inner Circle

Blue Note Records

St. Louis Shoes

Blue Note Records
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Public

Blue Note Records
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Channel Three

Blue Note Records
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Night Call

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Structure

ACT Music + Vision
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Round and Round

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Friendly Fire

Blue Note Records
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