Ben Markley - Pianist, Composer/Arranger, Educator

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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

Ben Markley Big Band with Joel Frahm 


Just putting the finishing touches on an arrangement of Joel's original What's Your Beat?  

New Music with a great band! 

Check us Out! 

2/3 Dazzle Ben Markley Big Band featuring Joel Frahm. 
Dazzle Jazz Club. Denver, CO. Sets at 6pm and 8:30pm 

2/4 Joel Frahm with the UW Faculty Jazz Trio. 
University of Wyoming 7:30pm BCPA Recital Hall. 
Free Admission 
w/ Gonzalo Teppa and Ed Breazeale.  

2/6 Kinser Jazz Festival Ben Markley Big Band featuring Joel Frahm. 
Casper, WY. 

Ben Markley Big Band 

Wil Swindler 
Scott Turpen 
Peter Sommer 
Samuel G Williams 

Greg Gisbert 
Gabriel Mervine 2/3 
Dan Jonas 2/6 
John Lake 
Alan Hood 

Michael Conrad 2/3 
Scott Crump 2/6 
Paul McKee 
Adam Bartczak 
Gary Mayne 

Steve Kovalcheck 
Ben Markley 
Ken Walker 
Jim White

Ben Markley Music 2018 Gigs and News  

2018 is off to a great start!

On Saturday, January 6th the Ben Markley Big Band performed on the evening concert of the Jazz Education Network conference. The band was joined by guests Terell Stafford and Jeff Hamilton and played selections from their recording Clockwise:The Music of Cedar Walton. This recording had a wonderful year. It received much acclaim and most recently was voted one of the best 4 star albums of 2017 by DownBeat magazine.

Upcoming Performance Dates:

* Saturdays at Ace Gillett’s - Ben Markley Trio with Seth Lewis and John Olson

2/3 - Dazzle Jazz - Ben Markley Big Band w/ Joel Frahm

2/4 - University of Wyoming Faculty Jazz Trio w/ Joel Frahm

2/6 - Kinser Jazz Festival (Casper College) - Ben Markley Big Band w/ Joel Frahm

2/28 - Nocturne  - Peter Sommer Septet

4/4 - Nocturne - Pete Zimmer Quartet

4/26 - Sheridan College

9/17 - Dizzy's Club Coca Cola - Ben Markley Big Band featuring Terell Stafford



Clockwise the Music of Cedar Walton - Jazz Week Radio Charts and New Review 

Clockwise: The Music of Cedar Walton has been in the top 50 for radio play for the last 3 weeks. This week(week of March 20) it climbed 16 spots to #23.

The album was also reviewed by the Brazilian website Na Mira do Groove.

The Ben Markley Big Band featuring Terell Stafford will perform at the UW Jazz Festival on Friday, March 24 and Dazzle Jazz on Saturday, March 25 (sets at 7pm and 9pm).

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Clockwise: The Music of Cedar Walton - Ben Markley Big Band featuring Terell Stafford

Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola, NYC

With trumpeters Terell Stafford, Nick Marchione, John Lake, and Dan Jonas; saxophonists Wil Swindler, Scott Turpen, Peter Sommer, Joel Frahm and Sam Williams; trombonists Paul McKee, Adam Bartczak and Gary Mayne; pianist Ben Markley, guitarist Steve Kovalcheck, bassist David Wong, and drummer Jim White.