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GREGORY RIVKIN, TRUMPETER
"The trumpeter, whose playing is in the tradition of Woody Shaw, Freddie Hubbard and Lee Morgan, would in another era be a member of Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers. His tone is quite attractive, his solos are full of surprises, and he plays with consistent passion and creativity within the hard bop and post bop tradition. Rivkin’s fiery and forward-looking playing will with luck make him one of the pacesetters of the trumpet in future years”
-Scott Yanow, Los Angeles Jazz Scene
Trumpeter Gregory Rivkin (www.gershonmusic.com) had started his musical path as a piano student. Being impressed by recordings of Louis Armstrong, which became his first introduction to jazz music, Gregory switched to trumpet with a conscious decision to be able to perform jazz on trumpet professionally. However, following the advice of his instructor and his mother, a pianist and music educator, he focused on the performance of classical music in order to develop the skills of instrumentalism, knowledge of music theory and music history, which are necessary, when making first steps in learning to play jazz. While continuing classical training in his country of birth, the former Soviet Union (Moscow), Gregory listened on a regular basis to the limited number of available jazz recordings of Louis Armstrong, Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis and Ella Fitzgerald to get the first impressions and influences.
From 1990-2000 Gregory lived in Israel. During this decade a trumpeter attended and graduated from Rubin High School of Music and Dance, Jerusalem and accomplished two years of studies in Rubin Academy of Music and Dance, Jerusalem. It was in Israel, where Gregory had started to combine his classical training with jazz studies and to gain his experience as performer in both musical directions.His trumpet instructors at these times were George Yudashkin, Ken Cox (R.I.P) and Richard Giangiulio; and his coaches in jazz performance were guitarist Steve Peskoff and saxophonist Boris Gammer.Gregory had won several national competitions in classical trumpet and received a scholarship from America Israel Cultural Foundations as classical and jazz performer nine years in a row. In addition to his local performances in Israeli jazz and classical scenes, Gregory had appeared as a soloist with Israeli Philharmonic Orchestra and also performed numerous times in Red Sea Jazz Festival, Ashdod Jazz Festival, Jerusalem Music Festival as a sideman and co-leader.
From 1997-1999 Gregory had attended and graduated with the Artist Diploma and First Prize from National Paris Conservatory, France, in studio of Guy Touvron , as a classical trumpeter. While mastering his instrumentalism and keep on shaping classical and contemporary trumpet repertoire during the day, at night Gregory performed in local jazz clubs in Paris, meeting nationally and internationally established European and American jazz musicians. Over these two years he had a chance to appear as a sideman with: saxophonist Johnny Griffin, pianists Alan Jean-Marie and Kirk Lightsey and paid his dues in countless jam sessions and “sit inns”. Upon a completion of his European degree, Gregory had returned to Israel. He taught trumpet, worked in a trumpet section of National Israeli Opera/Rishon Le Zion Symphony and freelanced in Tel Aviv Jazz Scene. Most often he was heard as a member of Tel-Aviv Acoustic Jazz Quintet, led by alto saxophonist Robert Anchipolovsky.
In Fall 2000 Gregory immigrated to United States in order to focus mainly on jazz performance.
Residing in New York City, he gradually established himself in a jazz scene of Big Apple. His big-band work credits Ray Charles Memorial Band, Mingus Big-Band, Brooklyn Big-Band, Duke Ellington Orchestra, Toshiko Akioshi Big-Band and Cecil’s Big-Band (West Orange, NJ). In addition, Gregory’s sideman credibility shows performances with Elvin Jones’s “Jazz Machine” (2003) and Harvie.S. “Eye Contact” (2003). Gregory had obtained his Bachelor’s Degree in Jazz Performance from The New School University, New York, NY, and his Master’s Degree in Jazz History and Research from Rutgers University, Newark, NJ. He was a Finalist in Carmine Caruso International Jazz Trumpet Competition in 2003 and 2005. The affiliations with Prestige Artists Management, L.L.C and Eroica /Turn On Records label brought Gregory to the stage of Carnegie Hall as a soloist in 2006. During these ten years Gregory had appeared as a sideman and a leader in almost every jazz club of New York City. He closely collaborates with jazz legends in making such as: saxophonists Ralph Lalama, Don Braden, Ralph Bowen, Greg Tardy, Eric Alexander, Mike Karn, Mike DiRubbo; drummers Cecil Brooks III, Bill Goodwin, Tim Horner, Billy Hart, Adam Nussebaum, Joe Farnsworth and Gene Jackson; trombonists Conrad Herwig and Steve Davis; pianists Peter Zak, Mike LeDonne, Hal Galper and Anthony Wonsey; guitarists Bob DeVos, Vic Juris and Avi Rothbard; bassists Bill Moring, Dmitry Kolesnik, Dwayne Burno and Ed Howard, to name a few… Gregory also actively collaborates with his contemporaries and performs with them in various settings circulating around jazz venues of a Tri-State Area.
At this time Gregory resides in South Orange, NJ. He performs as a clinician and endorsee for Courtois Trumpets (division of Buffet-Crampon, USA), plays regularly in jazz clubs of Tristate Area and conducts music programs in schools. Gregory could be seen every Monday in Cecil’s Jazz Club (www.cecilsjazzclub.com) as a featured soloist of Cecil’s Big-Band.
“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
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HI GREGORY, NICE TO MEET YOU. IN BRAZIL WE LOVE ALL FREEDOM MUSIC, ALL JAZZ STYLES. BUT IN SOUTH AMERICA IS NOT LIKE USA...FULL TIME JAZZ FM STATIONS...NO, IN BRAZIL ONLY WEEKLY JAZZ RADIO SHOW. I KNOW THAT BECAUSE I HAVE TWO HOURS WEEK TO DIVULGE JAZZ, EVERY MONDAY TO 21.00 AT WWW.RADIOLESTE345FM.COM.BR THIS SITE IS UNDER RE-PAGE IN THIS FEBRURY. GREGORY, I WRITE THIS MESSAGE IN HOPE GET CD-PROMOTE TO POLAY AT STATION. MY FIRST WISH IS TRY INTRODUCE IN BRAZIL MORE BEAT JAZZ. SWING AND GROOVE SOUNDS. THINK ABOUT. REGARDS FROM BRAZIL. EDSON.
We welcome musicians to submit their requests to perform. My dream would be to have a full jazz orchestra with multiple every type of instrument represented. I am also looking for soloists and choir members. Blues on Friday evening, Jazz on Saturday evening and Gospel on Sunday. We will be leaving from Florida. Passports are required. If this does not work for you, let me know and I will try to find a venue that will suit your requirements. Thank you, Karen Faison
Mr. Rivkin, I am not quite sure if you understood the context of our event. The musicians that are going to perform are doing it for the love of their craft. They will not be paid but will truly be comped with room and board for four days and three nights aboard a top Royal Caribbean ship. It will also be an opportunity to network with some of the great musicians. This is a fundraiser for something that I am an executive officer of a foundation. The Glioblastoma Multiforme Brain Tumor Foundation to be exact. If you are still interested, I am definitely enjoying your music. I would welcome you to our event. Thank you, Karen Faison
Gregory...great work, and musicianship! Well done....love the qualiy of your sound, and your varied stylings...you bring grace and power through your horn...indeed! Nice chops man! Thankyou for sharing your artistry here at TJN...you're a welcome addition to all that is JAZZ...love to network with you anytime you might need imagery to match your musical artistry...my very best to you...always b
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