Ben Markley - Pianist, Composer/Arranger, Educator

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Autumn Air - Ben Markley Big Band 

Here is the second remote recording my band did as part of on an outreach project that was partially funded by the Wyoming Arts Council. 



Ben Markley Big Band

Autumn Air  

Composed and arranged by Ben Markley 

Saxophones: Wil Swindler - Alto Dougan Smith - Alto Peter Sommer - Tenor Scott Turpen - Tenor Sam Williams - Bari

Trombones: Melissa Gardiner Adam Bartczak Zach Rich Jon Gauer

Trumpets: Clint Ashlock John Lake Dan Jonas Gabe Mervine

Rhythm Section: Peter Schlamb - Vibes (Solo) Ben Markley - Piano Seth Lewis - Bass (Solo) Alejandro Castaño - Drums

Off Minor - Ben Markley Big Band 

Ben Markley Big Band Off Minor - Thelonious Monk

Arranged by Cedar Walton

Adapted for Big Band by Ben Markley

Saxophones:  Wil Swindler - Alto, Dougan Smith - Alto, Peter Sommer - Tenor (Solo), Scott Turpen - Tenor, Sam Williams - Bari

Trombones: Melissa Gardiner, Adam Bartczak, Zach Rich, Jon Gauer

Trumpets: Clint Ashlock, John Lake, Dan Jonas, Gabe Mervine

Rhythm Section: Peter Schlamb - Vibes, Ben Markley - Piano (Solo), Seth Lewis - Bass, Alejandro Castaño - Drums


New Quarantine Big Band Video!  

Life has been turned upside down for all of us. I found myself wanting to do something to help out all of my sisters and brothers in the arts. Today I am releasing a new big band video featuring folks from Wyoming, Colorado, Utah, Kansas, and New York to promote raising money for artists in need. I've selected two organizations that have funds set up to help artists. and

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In addition to promoting these sites I will also be donating 100% of my digital album sales to these organizations.

Art has always sustained and inspired through all times good and bad. Do not forget the folks who make it happen. They need our help!  


Front Range Drive at Nocturne - Fridays in May 

I'm looking forward to playing with my new group, Front Range Drive this Friday, May 3rd and every Friday in May at Nocturne with Peter Sommer, Wil Swindler, Steve Kovalcheck, Seth Lewis, and Dru Heller . New music and brand new arrangements written for this group. Join us! 6:30pm-10:30pm Fridays in May. We'll also have some great subs including my old buddy from NYU Heath Walton as well as Ryan Leppich, Jack Roben, Dougan Smith, and Jack Harrington. 

Ben Markley Quartet featuring Joel Frahm 

Last week I had a blast recording with great musicians and friends Joel Frahm, Jim White, and Marty. We played some schools and small towns in Wyoming and finished up at Muse Performance Space In Lafayette. The band recorded on the final day at Mighty Fine Studios. I'm looking forward to releasing the results on OA2 records this summer. 

Here's a clip of an original of mine The Last time this happened from our concert at the University of Wyoming on Monday, February 25. 


Basic Economy featuring Greg Osby drops 5/18! 

Basic Economy - Ben Markley Quartet featuring Greg Osby, Evan Gregor, and Dru Heller arrives May 18 on OA2 records. 

As the follow-up to his critically-acclaimed Big Band recording, 'Clockwise: The Music of Cedar Walton,' pianist Ben Markley presents this spirited and thoroughly modern quartet session of original compositions, featuring alto saxophone great Greg Osby. Inspired by their developing musical relationship over the last four years, Markley composed a set of music with Osby in mind, followed by a tour and this recording. With the crisp and fully engaged support of bassist Evan Gregor and drummer Dru Heller, the effect of Markley and Osby's fluid rapport creates an inspired argument for further exploration. ''Basic Economy' is a vivid presentation of the sound of today, with a healthy nod to the institutions of chance and imagination. ' - Greg Osby

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Ari Hoenig with the Ben Markley Big Band

Dazzle @ Bauers, 1512 Curtis St., Denver

The Ben Markley Big Band will be performing brand new arrangements of Ari Hoenig’s music written for this band and for these performances. The repertoire will consist of pieces from some of Ari’s most well known albums including The Painter, Bert’s Playground, and Punk Bop. Ben Markley has performed with Brian Lynch, Greg Osby, Eddie Henderson, Terell Stafford, and George Garzone. Markley is active as a composer and arranger with many big band and vocal jazz charts published through UNC Jazz Press. Recent arranging commissions include the Jazz Orchestra of Philadelphia and Wyoming Jazz Educators All-State Jazz Band. Compositions from Markleyʼs first two albums have earned him ASCAP Young Jazz Composers Awards. Markley was selected to participate in the Betty Carter Jazz Ahead program held at the Kennedy Center. Markley’s book A Practical Approach to Improvisation – The David Hazeltine Method was published by Jamey Aebersold Jazz in December of 2014.

Ari Hoenig - Drums Ben Markley - Piano Evan Gregor - Bass Steve Kovalcheck - Guitar

Wil Swindler - alto sax Scott Turpen - alto sax Peter Sommer - tenor sax John Gunther - tenor sax Sam Williams - bari sax

Pete Olstad - Trumpet Greg Gisbert - Trumpet Dan Jonas - Trumpet Al Hood - Trumpet

Adam Bartzcak - Trombone Paul McKee - Trombone Rob Borger - Trombone Jon Gauer - Trombone