Marvin Stamm’s career has shown diversity most musicians would envy. Discovered by Stan Kenton at North Texas State University, he went on to establish himself as one of New York’s finest studio musicians. The list of artists with whom he has performed and/or recorded is extensive, including Quincy Jones, Michel Legrand, Bill Evans, Thad Jones, Benny Goodman, Patrick Williams, Frank Sinatra, Barbra Streisand, Paul McCartney, Lena Horn, Paul Simon and Aretha Franklin. Stamm now focuses on his true passion, jazz, and on bringing jazz to wider audiences.
While continuing to perform in traditional jazz venues with small groups, Stamm has also developed programs for orchestras. Combining familiar “standard” repertoire and lesser-known Jazz repertoire in imaginative arrangements, Stamm communicates with audiences through his thoughtful and exciting trumpet playing and through his engaging stage presence. When paired with pianist Bill Mays, the program takes on a chamber music quality in the same way the Brahms Double or Beethoven Triple Concerto enhance a classical subscription concert. Programs from the last two years have featured the music of Duke Ellington and the American song tradition.
Because education is one of Marvin Stamm’s passions, he has created this site (https://marvinstamm.com) in an effort to harness new technology to foster communication and dialog among educators, students and fans. This interactive web site features a journal of Mr. Stamm’s travels and experiences, a current schedule of activities, information about his equipment, and audio files from his various recordings.
• The logistics for Mr. Stamm’s program are straightforward.
• Most musical arrangements are provided from Stamm’s own personal library.
• His world-class rhythm section also travels with him. This group includes pianist Bill Mays, former music director for Sarah Vaughan, and usually bassist Rufus Reid and drummer Ed Soph.
• It is important to note that the program can usually be prepared in one or two rehearsals.
• The repertoire can be sequenced to accommodate a full program or “second half only.” The arrangements are for standard orchestral instrumentation; the exact instrumentations of which will be sent upon request. A program for big band instrumentation is also available.
WHY THIS PROGRAM?
Love and Romance, Style and Grace, an evening to remember . . .
Gershwin, Porter, Ellington, Kern … the names that define American song. Haunting, lyrical, and joyful, these composers spoke a musical language of direct emotional quality. Combine them with the artistry of Marvin Stamm, and you have a classic pops program of substance and style.
This program has great appeal among pops audiences. It includes well-known tunes from the classic era of American song in high-quality arrangements by Jack Cortner, Manny Albam, Jerry Ascione, Bill Mays, Jack Cooper and Dave Hanson.
Marvin Stamm on “You and the Night and the Music”
“My new venture, performing as a soloist with symphony orchestras, is one about which I am very excited…it is always wonderful to experience and know the many great musicians that can be found everywhere.”
“I greatly enjoy working with symphony orchestras. My repertoire is mainly from the standard American songbook by composers Duke Ellington, Jerome Kern, George Gershwin, Victor Young, Howard Dietz and Arthur Schwartz, David Raksin, and others. I also have compositions by Brazilian composers Antonio Carlos Jobim, and Luis Bonfa and original pieces composed by myself, pianist Bill Mays, and Italian composer, Massimo Nunzi. The bulk of my library has been arranged by my friend of many years, Jack Cortner, but I now have contributions from my pianist, Bill Mays, and composer/arrangers Jerry Ascione, Jack Cooper, Manny Albam and Dave Hanson. My dear friend from Rome, Massimo Nunzi, has given me his original composition, ‘Un Uomo Disabitato,’ a lovely piece that evokes special emotions.”
“I feel the most sophisticated form of musical communication occurs in surroundings where musicians are able to reach that internal place in which music becomes poetry…the coalitions of the musical and personal relationships that follow become some of the ultimate experiences and great joys of playing this music.”
“Stamm has very few peers among improvising trumpeters; his skill and experience allow him to command any idiom or tempo, and he solos the way a matador plays with a bull. He teases the tune, dancing ahead of the beat; then, sweeping his lines aside, he lets the rhythm rush past; finally he faces the music and drives home his point.” [Tesser]
Ellington Fantasy: arr. by Jack Cortner
Including the following which can be performed separately:
- Sophisticated Lady
- In a Mellow Tone
- Come Sunday
- Don’t Get Around Much Any More
- It Don’t Mean A Thing If It Ain’t Got That Swing
You and the Night and the Music: Howard Dietz & Arthur Schwartz/arr. by Jack Cortner
All The Things You Are: Jerome Kern/arr. by Jack Cortner
Lover Man: R. Ramirez-J. Davis-J. Sherman/arr. by Jack Cortner
Two As One: Marvin Stamm/arr. by Jerry Ascione
Samba du Nancy: Marvin Stamm/arr. by Jerry Ascione
Corcovado: Antonio Carlos Jobim/arr. by Jerry Ascione
Play Song: comp./arr. by Bill Mays
Beautiful Love: Victor Young/arr. by Jack Cooper
I Loves You, Porgy: George Gershwin/arr. by Dave Hanson
Miroirs/Pavanne for a Dead Princess/The Lamp is Low: Ravel/arr. by Jack Cooper
String Quartet #2/Baubles, Bangles, and Beads: Borodin/arr. by Jack Cortner
Vocalise: Rachmaninoff/arr. by Jack Cortner
Invention #8/Al-leu-cha: Bach-Parker/arr. by Jack Cortner
Manhã de Carnaval: Luis Bonfa/arr. by Hudson Nogueira
Meditation: Antonio Carlos Jobim/arr. by Antonio Carlos Neves Campos
Laura: David Raksin/arr. by Antonio Carlos Neves Campos
Un Homo Disabitato: comp/arr. by Massimo Nunzi
“Always boiling with intensity, color and passion” – NY Times