Guymon Ensley
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  • United States
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Guymon Ensley & GEQ Jazz

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Where are you located?
Detroit, MI
What is your affiliation to the Jazz World?
Musical Artist, Producer, Record Label, Publisher, Music Director, Arranger, Composer, Recording Engineer
Tell us a little about your background...
After retiring from a successful career as a Law Enforcement Professional, trumpeter, songwriter Guymon Ensley began composing and performing full time. His musical journey started with him playing R&B, blues and big band jazz. However, armed with his experience and formal training, Guymon pursued his first love, JAZZ.

He was referred to one of the most renowned musicians, educators and mentors, Sam Sanders and took on the challenge of improvisation. After many hours of rehearsal, repetition and concentration, he continued writing music that complemented his newly developed style.

In 2001, he formed “GEQ,” the Guymon Ensley Quintet. This select group of musicians debuted to rave reviews in 2002 at the renowned Bakers Keyboard Lounge in Detroit Michigan. Guymon continued to enjoy success with his band after the release of their first CD titled Here Put This On in 2003. The album was re-released in 2009, on which two original bonus tracks were added. The band continued performing at many of the most prestigious venues throughout Michigan. Other performances include eight separate tours throughout the Caribbean Islands and Hawaii.

GEQ’s repertoire included many of Guymon’s original songs which he wrote with an emphasis on the strength of the band’s musicianship. GEQ is a high energy classic jazz ensemble that has been compared respectfully to the likes of Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers and the John Coltrane and Miles Davis ensembles. In 2006 & 2007, Guymon and his band were Detroit Music Award Nominees for OUTSTANDING MODERN JAZZ GROUP / ARTIST and Guy, for OUTSTANDING JAZZ COMPOSER.
In 2006, Ensley released a solo project, an extended play CD titled Meet Guymon Ensley, with three original songs and an intriguing arrangement of Grandma's Hands. Three singles followed, including a version of The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting Over An Open Fire) and his first vocal performance on, Where Am I Going With You.

On August 14, 2014, Guymon released his fourth project, titled "This Comes With It." It's an eclectic collection of his contemporary jazz, R&B and baroque styled compositions. From a delicate but powerful opening number to a driving funk... to a sixties style doo wop, the EP bares selections that cross genre lines. Guymon used a number of noted Detroit area musicians on the EP and as it debuts a new background vocal group and the newly formed “Hoggy Horn Section”.


D I S C O G R A P H Y
2014 - "This Comes With It - Guymon Ensley (extended play release featuring original contemporary jazz and rhythm & blues works)

2011 - "Key Of Gee" - Guymon Ensley - (single release; contemporary jazz instrumental)

2010 - "The Christmas Song" - Guymon Ensley arrangement - (single release; contemporary jazz vocal featuring Sandra Bomar)
2010 - "Where Am I Going With You" - Guymon Ensley - (single release; contemporary jazz vocal)

2009 - "Here Put This On" - Guymon Ensley & GEQ - (RE-RELEASE full release featuring arrangements of standards: plus two BONUS tracks)

2006 - "Meet Guymon Ensley" - Guymon Ensley - (extended play release featuring original Rhythm & Blues works)

2003 - "Here Put This On" - Guymon Ensley & GEQ - (full release featuring arrangements of jazz standards and original pieces)
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from Jai Jai herself
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Vocalist, Piano, Trumpet
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http://www.guymonensley.com
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This blog emerges from a song that I wrote about three years ago. It's about a journey. As I wrote the lyrics to the song, I found that I just couldn't include the entire idea of life having THREE halves inside of a couple of verses, a chorus and a vamp out. So I decided to just tell you about it. I hope you'll enjoy ...…

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At 2:08am on November 29, 2010, Bruno Pollacci said…
Hi Guymon,
I hope all well for you. Good music!
Bruno
At 2:12pm on August 16, 2010, Charles Foldesh (Shanghai, CN) said…
Thanks for the add. Sounds great!
C
At 1:11pm on August 14, 2010, Mildrea V. Smith said…
Thank you for adding me to your list of friends. Peace, Mildrea
At 10:45am on August 12, 2010, BONNIE(MISS B) said…
THANK U FOR YOUR FRIEND REQUEST LOVE THE MUSIC KEEP IT UP.
At 7:56am on August 12, 2010, Manee Valentine said…
Pleasure to meet you Guymon, enjoyed your music!
At 10:35pm on August 11, 2010, Cassandra Lane said…
Guymon,
How are you? Thanks for the add.
At 10:25pm on July 28, 2010, Alex Kuple Aryawan said…
Thanks for your add, nice to know you..
At 12:14pm on July 28, 2010, Joyce Spencer said…
Thanks for the friend request. Love your music!!!!
At 11:49am on July 28, 2010, Pat Reid said…
Hey Guymon,

Thanks for the friendship. I'm honored. Enjoy your music. Bad stuff!!

Blessings Always,
Pat
At 3:07pm on March 28, 2010, Angela DeNiro said…
Thanks for the add!
 
 
 

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