Cedar Walton Big Band Project - Day 6 Clockwise


Clockwise is one of Cedar Walton's most challenging compositions. The chord changes to the A section of the tune provide insight into some of Cedar's compositional tools and also reiterate the influence of Art Tatum. The A section features…

Cedar Walton Big Band Project - Day 8 I'm Not So Sure

I'm Not So Sure

Jazz music in the late 60s and into 70s began to use electric instruments. Many pianists started to play rhodes and other keyboards. In 1969 Cedar released a recording on Prestige titled Soul Cycle.


Cedar Walton Big Band Project - Day 9 Black


Cedar Walton has played with some of the greatest tenor players in the history of jazz music. Players including Clifford Jordan, George Coleman, Wayne Shorter, John Coltrane, Dexter Gordon, and Junior Cook. 

Cedar contributed many compositions to bands and…

Cedar Walton Big Band Project - Day 10 Cedar's Blues

Hi Folks,

There are 10 days until the Ben Markley Big Band featuring Terell Stafford plays Cedar Walton. I thought I'd share a Cedar tune and recording that 1) is a favorite of mine and 2) that I did an…

The Music of Cedar Walton

I'm happy to be playing some of music of Cedar Walton on Wednesday, April 6 at the University of Wyoming in concert with Erik Applegate on bass and Chris Smith on drums. 7:30pm University of Wyoming BCPA Concert Hall. Free…

Ben Markley Music News and Email list

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 

Swingin' with Strings 

Tonight was the first full rehearsal with rhythm section and strings. What a blast! Please enjoy the track My Home. If you are in the area, I hope you'll consider joining us next Monday, October 5th. Free Admission.