Then & Now
On his new CD 'Then & Now', pianist & composer Jeff McGill has assembled a Group of talented and facile like-minded musicians. The music is a thoughtful blend of classic compositions and compelling McGill originals. From the opening strains of McGill's Island Loop to the closing chords of When I Fall In Love, the Jeff McGill Group takes us on a musical journey that is at once energizing and relaxing. Once you hear 'Then & Now', you'll want to revisit it 'again & again'! -Andy LaVerne, internationally renowned jazz pianist, author & educator In reviewing an appearance by the Jeff McGill Group at New York's legendary jazz club, 'Birdland', music critic Richmond Shepard wrote: "The four men in McGill's very hot quartet all have musical mastery, innovative imaginations, and tune into each other beautifully'. From the liner notes to "Then & Now"... Music was all around as I was growing up. My father lead a big band in the thirty's and mom was his singer. They had put down their baton and microphone by the time I came along, but great music from "the swing era" was always playing in our house. My sister Jerri, despite never having had a lesson, helped me pick out songs at the piano, and when my grandfather - a well trained pianist - had had enough of hearing me "noodle around", signed me up for lessons as a 10th birthday present. Several years later my brother handed me a copy of Dave Brubeck's "Take Five" with the knowing comment ..."you need to check this out." Jazz had a firm hold of me from that moment on. I have been fortunate to play with a number of wonderful musicians, but the trio with Lou Pappas & Tom Devino has always been a particularly joyful collaboration. During our regular appearances at "Spris" in Hartford we have had the opportunity to build upon a rapport that was evident from the first downbeat. And when the situation calls for turning up the heat a bit with a larger group, Ken Gioffre is our favorite igniter. We recorded the trio tracks in April of 2007 and followed that up with the quartet's selections in October. But the opener, "The Island Loop", dates back to a session we did in 1999 and remains as one of our favorite live set closers. Thanks for listening! Jeff McGill - July, 2008 Jeff received a B.A. from St. Lawrence University with additional studies at the Crane School of Music and Berklee College of Music. He was a member of the faculty at the Gunnery in Washington, CT, where he became chairman of the Arts Department and developed the music curriculum. Since 1985 Jeff has led his own jazz groups and performed at festivals and clubs throughout the northeastern U.S.. In 1993 he co-founded the Music Learning Center where he continues to serve as Director and instructor of jazz piano and ensembles. He is also a manager with the Westport Fairfield Piano Corporation where he shares his knowledge of Yamaha Pianos, Disklavier reproducing pianos, and Clavinova digital pianos, with both professionals and enthusiasts from throughout the region.
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