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Marvin Stamm at Utah State University

Marvin Stamm

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Trumpeter Marvin Stamm and his quartet inaugurate a stunning new Performance Hall at Utah State University in Logan (below, there's a link to a photo). Our invitation comes from saxophone Professor Jon Gudmundson, who seized this opportunity to present a long-running foursome that loves to play together. Jon says their rapport is absolutely telepathic, and that's what he wants his students to hear.

As a boy, Marvin Stamm liked the sound of a trumpeter in his older brother's record collection, and studied the instrument. From public schools in Memphis, Tenn., he went on to attend North Texas State, one of the few colleges with a jazz program. After graduation, Marvin was hired into the Stan Kenton Orchestra as trumpet soloist. Then he came to New York.

One week to the day after he arrived, he was subbing in the new Monday night band that trumpeter Thad Jones and drummer Mel Lewis led at Max Gordon's Village Vanguard. Dee Dee Bridgewater remembers singing with Marvin in that band. During his years with Thad and Mel and the Duke Pearson orchestra, Marvin juggled studio work and tours with Frank Sinatra and others.

When he finally stepped out in 1990, Stamm was hungry to play the music he loved with a group of his own. Marvin and pianist Bill Mays are long-time musical partners. Besides this quartet, Marvin and Bill perform as a duo and a trio with cello. Stamm met bassist Rufus Reid in the 1970s, when they were guest artists and clinicians in Ohio. Drummer Ed Soph, like Marvin, is a graduate of North Texas State. Listen!


Marvin Stamm, trumpet
Bill Mays, piano
Rufus Reid, bass
Ed Soph, drums


"Samba du Nancy" (Stamm)
"Along Came Betty" (Benny Golson)
"Gemma's Eyes" (Mays)
"When She Looks at Me" (Stamm)
"Joy Spring" (Clifford Brown)
Closing music: "Recordame" (Joe Henderson)


Marvin Stamm's Site- Includes back issues of his personal newsletter, Cadenzas
Manon Caine Russell Kathryn Caine Wanlass Performance Hall, Utah State University

Thanks to Professor Jon Gudmundson and recording engineer John D. Carter at Utah State University

Technical Director Duke Markos.
Recording engineer Ginger Bruner at KUNV, Las Vegas
Producer Becca Pulliam
Executive Producer Thurston Briscoe III at WBGO Jazz 88 in Newark, NJ, and

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