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Ben Markley Big Band Featuring Terell Stafford plays the music of Cedar Walton 

This project has been a long time in the works! On Sunday, July 31 at 7pm, the Ben Markley Big Band featuring Terell Stafford plays the music of jazz legend Cedar Walton at Dazzle Jazz Club. Walton is famous for his work as leader with his trio and quartet Eastern Rebellion as well as sideman work with Art Blakey, Joe Henderson, and Freddie Hubbard among countless others. Walton spent a couple years in Denver studying at Denver University. While Walton's works are frequently played by small groups few of his tunes have been arranged for big band. This band celebrates some of Cedar Walton's well known works as well as some of his lesser known compositions.

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The Music of Cedar Walton 

I'm happy to be playing some of music of Cedar Walton on Wednesday, April 6 at the University of Wyoming in concert with Erik Applegate on bass and Chris Smith on drums. 7:30pm University of Wyoming BCPA Concert Hall. Free Admission.

Ben Markley Music News and Email list 

Hello Everyone!

I wanted to let you know about some exciting gigs coming up in the next few weeks as well as some new additions to my website. 

Friday, October 16 - Josh Quinlan Q'tet with Greg Osby 
Dazzle Jazz Sets at 7pm and 9pm
Josh Quinlan - saxophones
Greg Osby - alto saxophone
Ben Markley - piano
Matt Smiley - bass
Ed Breazeale - drums

Ace Gillet's in Ft. Collins has been my home on Thursdays and Fridays for the last three years. The house band includes our leader John Olson - drums, Matt Smiley - bass, me - piano. Most Thursdays feature saxophonist Andrew Voght and Fridays the soloist rotates among the finest horn players and guitarists along the front range. Ace Gillet's boasts some of the best food, drink, and atmosphere in Ft. Collins.

On occasion Ace has hosted nationally know artists including Terell Stafford. We are happy to add John Fedchock to this list!

Thursday, October 22 - John Fedchock with the Subterranean Jazz Trio.
Admission: Free!

My weekly schedule can be found on the "Gigs" tab on my website. 

Ben Markley Music Youtube Chanel.
Last week I gave a concert at the University of Wyoming that featured my original compositions for jazz trio and strings. This concert featured violinist - John Fadial, bassist Matt Smiley, drummer Chris Smith, and the UW String Students. I hope you'll take a moment to check out this videos. We had a blast performing the music! 

Here's the link.

I've also added a "Videos" tab on my website that will feature videos from past present. 

Thanks and keep swingin'!

Swingin' with Strings Wyoming Public Radio Interview  

Wyoming Public Radio will be doing a feature for my concert this evening. Their program airs at 11:15am MST. You can listen from this link

They'll also be giving away some of my CDs (The Return) during their pledge drive.

Concert Details
Swinin' with Strings featuring John Fadial, Chris Smith, Wil Swindler and the UW Strings.

Tonight - Monday, October 5th 
7:30pm Buchanan Center for the Performing Arts (formerly Fine Arts)
Free Admission

Andrew Stonerock Quintet - Pavlov's Waterfall  

Last summer I played on Andrew Stonerock's debut jazz recording. The album Pavlov's Waterfall features Andrew Stonerock - alto sax, Dan Jonas - trumpet and flugelhorn, Forest Greenough - bass, Ed Breazeale - drums and myself on piano. Andrew wrote several tunes for the date and was complemented by some tunes from Dan one from me.  It's available on iTunes and CDBaby We hope you'll check it out!

Big Band Charts featuring Dr. Lonnie Smith 

It was a real honor to have Dr. Lonnie Smith playing my arrangements with the Wyoming Jazz Ensemble. He dug them too! To listen to excerpts of the charts, click on the links below. Once I get the publication details worked out, I'll have them up for sale.

Play It Back - Dr. Lonnie Smith - arr. Markley

When We Kissed At Night - Dr. Lonnie Smith - arr. Markley

Mellow Mood - Dr. Lonnie Smith - arr. Markley

Tropicalia - Beck - arr. Markley


University of Wyoming Jazz Festival featuring Tierney Sutton and Dr. Lonnie Smith 

This week the UW jazz festival will host approximately 600 middle and high school vocalists and instrumentalists from all over Wyoming. Our Thursday evening Concert (March 26) will feature the UW Vocal Jazz Ensemble opening for grammy nominated Tierney Sutton. On Friday (March 27) Scott Turpen Quintet will kick off the concert premiering new music from their CD "Dance of the West." Dr. Lonnie Smith will join the Wyoming Jazz Ensemble. They will be performing some of Dr. Lonnie's original compositions including Play it Back from Live at Club Mozambique. I had a blast arranging Dr. Lonnie's tunes for big band. The students are playing the music well and are looking forward to working with one of the "cats" from the this great music. 


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Ben Markley Big Band - The Music of Cedar Walton featuring Terell Stafford

Dazzle Jazz Club, 930 Lincoln St. , Denver, CO

Ben Markley Big Band - The Music of Cedar Walton featuring Terell Stafford.

Saxophones Wil Swindler Scott Turpen Peter Sommer Serafin Sanchez Sam Williams

Trombones Scott Crump Paul McKee Adam Bartczak Gary Mayne

Trumpets Pete Olstad Greg Gisbert John Lake

Rhythm Ben Markley - Piano Steve Kovalcheck - Guitar Ken Walker - Bass Chris Smith - Drums