Marvin Stamm- Trumpet
Bill Mays- Piano
Rufus Reid- Bass
Ed Soph- Drums

The Stamm/Soph Project, and The Stamm/Soph Project- Live at Birdland, both quartet CDs created with drummer Ed Soph and featuring bassist Rufus Reid and pianist Bill Mays; Alone Together, also featuring Stamm’s working quartet of Mays, Reid, and Soph- a live concert recorded in 2006. Stamm says,

“Working with these musicians as a group- Ed, Bill, and Rufus- always produces very special moments. None of us takes these events for granted or looks upon them as just another gig. Each of us really comes to play. For me, preforming with this group is a pinnacle of sorts because these are the guys with whom I want to play; they are my choice!”

BillMaysBill Mays began his recording career as musical director for Sarah Vaughan and went on to work with such legendary performers as Frank Sinatra, Shelly Manne, Art Pepper, Clark Terry, and Sonny Stitt, among others. Since moving to New York City in the mid-1980s, Bill has led his own quintets, trios, and duos at Birdland, the Blue Note, Bradley’s, the Knickerbocker, the Village Gate, Visiones and many other of the city’s noted venues. He is a regular performer at clubs and festivals throughout the U.S., Canada and Europe. Among several CDs to Bill’s credit is Mays in Manhattan, a trio/sextet recording with songs of New York as its theme. Summer Sketches, and his most recent, Going Home, are new recordings with his trio, Martin Wind, bass and Matt Wilson, drums, both on Palmetto Records. You can learm more about Bill at


Rufus BW - no bassRufus Reid has recorded over two hundred albums, most recently as a leader inThe Gait Keeper on Sunnyside Records. He has performed and recorded with Booker Ervin, Gene Ammons, Sonny Stitt, Philly Joe Jones, Kenny Dorham, Thad Jones, Mel Lewis, Dexter Gordon, Stan Getz, and Dizzy Gillespie. He continues performing and recording with Benny Golson, Art Farmer, Harold Land, Bobby Hutcherson, Freddie Hubbard, Ray Bryant, J.J. Johnson, Benny Carter, and Joe Henderson, Kenny Burrell, Kenny Barron, Jimmy Heath, to name a few. Learn more about Rufus at

Soph-portraitBWAs a performer and recording artist, Ed Soph has been associated with the big bands of Stan Kenton, Woody Herman, Bill Watrous, and Clark Terry. His small group credits include Red Rodney, Clark Terry, Dave Liebman, Slide Hampton, and Warren Bernhardt, among others. He is also recognized internationally as an author and master teacher. Ed Soph has authored Essential Techniques for Drumset, The Big Band Primer, and Musical Time: A Source Book for Jazz Drumming. Ed Soph is also Associate Professor in the College of Music of the University of North Texas. Learn more about Ed at and