Judy Roberts and Greg Fishman
The Chicago Tribune has awarded pianist/singer Judy Roberts the title "Chicago's Favorite Jazz Woman." Yet she is also recognized as a worldwide jazz star thanks to the success of her international recordings and concert performances. From the Midwest to Phoenix to Singapore, Judy is best known for her fun-loving approach to an eclectic and extensive repertoire, her hard-swinging piano playing, her ability to combine lush and sensitive vocals with rapid-fire scat singing, and for her unique ability to communicate with her audience in a relaxed and intimate style.
A multiple Grammy nominee, her 20-plus album/CD releases include the The Other World, whose hit single "Señor Blues" was number one on the jazz charts and in radio airplay; the album Trio, with Ray Brown and Jeff Hamilton; the song "Twilight World," co-written with piano diva Marian McPartland (on whose NPR show Piano Jazz Judy has guested twice); and her international hit rendition of Dave Frishberg's "My Attorney Bernie."
In addition to club and concert appearances, Judy has performed at the North Sea Festival in Holland, the Singapore Jazz Festival, the Chicago Jazz Festival, and is a regularly featured artist on the Joe Segal and the Jazz Cruise Line jazz cruises, as well as the Newport Beach and West Coast Jazz Parties.
Judy is on the faculty of Roosevelt University's Chicago College of Performing Arts, and is a featured columnist for the Chicago Jazz Magazine. She continues to perform and record in the Chicago area and around the world.
Saxophonist and flutist Greg Fishman is an accomplished performer, recording artist, author, teacher and clinician. Born in Chicago in 1967, he began playing professionally at age fourteen. Greg graduated from DePaul University in Chicago with a degree in Jazz Performance, and earned a Masters Degree in Jazz Pedagogy from Northwestern University. He is among the foremost experts on the music of Stan Getz and is the author of four Getz transcription books published by Hal Leonard including Stan Getz Bossa Novas (1998); Stan Getz Standards (1997); Tenor Saxophone Standards (1996); and Stan Getz Solos (1993). Greg has an additional 600 unpublished transcriptions of jazz solos, twenty original jazz etudes, and thirty original tunes.
His self-published books, Jazz Saxophone Etudes, Volumes 1 – 3, Jazz Saxophone Duets, Volumes 1 – 3, Jazz Phrasing for Beginners, Jazz Guitar Etudes, Jazz Trumpet Duets and Tasting Harmony are in circulation worldwide and have been endorsed by top educators and jazz performers, including Michael Brecker, Jerry Coker and Phil Woods.
Greg is a contributing author of jazz theory articles for Jazz Improv Magazine, JAZZed, Chicago Jazz Magazine, IAJE’s Jazz Educators Journal, and was featured on the cover of Saxophone Journal, for whom he also writes. He is the author of the liner notes for the Verve reissue of the Getz recording The Steamer.
Greg has toured and performed worldwide with his own group, and with such artists as Phil Woods, the Woody Herman Band, Louis Bellson, Slide Hampton, Conte Candoli, Lou Levy, Clark Terry, Jackie and Roy, Don Menza, Ira Sullivan, Judy Roberts, Jeremy Monteiro, Jimmy Heath, Lou Donaldson, Harry Allen, Jeff Hamilton, Eddie Higgins, and Benny Golson.
Greg is the co-founder, along with Brazilian guitarist/vocalist, Paulinho Garcia, of the award-winning duo, "Two for Brazil.” They perform worldwide, and have recorded five CDs. Greg’s current discography features additional jazz releases in the U.S., Singapore, and Japan.
In addition to clubs and concerts in the U.S., Greg has been featured at the Concord-Fujitsu jazz festival in Japan, the North Sea Jazz Festival in the Netherlands, and in numerous concerts in Hong Kong, Bangkok, Singapore, China and Israel.
Greg teaches jazz master classes and college workshops nationally and internationally, and is on the faculty of the Jamey Aebersold Summer Jazz Workshop. When not on tour, Greg is based in the Chicago area where he performs locally and teaches at Greg Fishman Jazz Studios. Greg Fishman is a Rico artist and plays Rico reeds exclusively.