Ben Markley - Pianist, Composer/Arranger, Educator

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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. 

2015 Guatemala Jazz Festival 

The 2015 Guatemala Jazz Festival off to a great start for The American Jazz Collective. The group comprised of Andrew Stonerock, Dan Jonas, Forest Greenough, Ryan Bell and myself played a concert to a full house in Xela tonight. More photos to come!


Scott Turpen Quintet - Dance of the West 

Last December University of Wyoming Director of Jazz Studies Scott Turpen recorded his debut jazz album as a leader. He hired me to write all of the music for the project. This recording was a chance for me to explore some different styles and influences that ultimately led to a collection of material that was quite different that most of the stuff I've written in the past. It was a lot of fun to write these tunes with Scott's great soprano and tenor sax in mind as well as the rest of the band. Josh Quinlan (tenor sax), Matt Smiley (bass), and Ed Breazeale (drums) did a wonderful job of interpreting these tunes and helped to create some very lyrical and groovin' music. This record is scheduled to drop in the coming the weeks and will be available through iTunes and CD Baby. This band will be opening for Dr. Lonnie Smith at the UW Jazz Festival on Friday, March 27.

I've posted a track in the listening section of my site. It's called Winds of the Snowys. Take a listen and let us know what you think. We're very proud of it and hope you'll check it out!

Fantastic album artwork by Annie Booth and beautiful cover photo by Jennifer Turpen.

2015 International Jazz Festival and Jazz Camp 

In a few weeks I'm headed to Guatemala to perform in the 2015 Guatemala International Jazz Festival. The band comprised of Andrew Stonerock, Dan Jonas, Forrest Greenough, Ryan Bell, and Jerome Fleg will stick around and work with students from UVG and IGA. This is our second year performing and working the camp and we're looking forward to being back.

Here's more info about our performances and the camp. ​


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