Greg Fishman - Biography
Saxophonist and flutist Greg Fishman is an accomplished performer, recording artist, author, teacher and clinician. Born in Chicago in 1967, he began playing professionally at age fourteen. Greg graduated from DePaul University in Chicago with a degree in Jazz Performance, and earned a Masters Degree in Jazz Pedagogy from Northwestern University.
He is among the foremost experts on the music of Stan Getz and is the author of three Getz transcription books published by Hal Leonard. His self-published books, Jazz Saxophone Etudes, Volumes 1 – 3, Jazz Saxophone Duets, Volumes 1 – 3, Jazz Phrasing for Saxophone, Volumes 1 – 3, Jazz Guitar Etudes, Hip Licks for Guitar, Jazz Trumpet Duets, Hip Licks for Trumpet, Tasting Harmony™ and Hip Licks for Saxophone Volumes 1 & 2 are in circulation worldwide and have been endorsed
by top educators and jazz performers, including Michael Brecker, Jerry Coker, Bob Sheppard, James Moody and Phil Woods.
Greg is a contributing author of jazz theory articles for Jazz Improv Magazine, JAZZed, Chicago Jazz Magazine, IAJE Jazz Educators Journal, and was featured on the cover of Saxophone Journal, for whom he also writes. He is the author of the liner notes for the Verve reissue of the Getz recording The Steamer.
Greg has toured and performed worldwide with his own group, and with such artists as the Woody Herman Band, Louis Bellson, Slide Hampton, Conte Candoli, Lou Levy, Clark Terry, Jackie and Roy, Don Menza, Ira Sullivan, Judy Roberts, Jeremy Monteiro, Jimmy Heath, Lou Donaldson, Harry Allen, Jeff Hamilton, Eddie Higgins, and Benny Golson.
Greg is the co-founder, along with Brazilian guitarist/vocalist, Paulinho Garcia, of the award-winning duo, "Two for Brazil.” They perform worldwide, and have recorded five CDs.
In addition to clubs and concerts in the U.S., Greg has been featured at the Concord Fujitsu Jazz Festival in Japan, the NorthSea Jazz Festival in the Netherlands, The Monterey Jazz Festival in California, and in numerous concerts in Hong Kong, Bangkok, Singapore, China and Israel.
Greg teaches jazz master classes and college workshops nationally and internationally, and is on the faculty of the Jamey Aebersold Summer Jazz Workshop. When not on tour, Greg is based in the Chicago area where he performs locally and teaches at Greg Fishman Jazz Studios. He also teaches students throughout the United States and around the world via Skype lessons.
Greg's recent work includes his latest CD, New Journey, featuring seven of his original compositions. He also has an upcoming CD planned for release with LA sax great Doug Webb.
Greg Fishman is a D’Addario Woodwind artist and plays Rico reeds exclusively.
“...His solos are shrewdly conceived yet delivered with apparent ease and elegance. He develops harmonies that sometimes startle the ear as he forges lines that take unexpected twists and turns...”
–– Chicago Tribune
“Greg Fishman dares to explore new musical heights. Every lesson in Greg’s books is a must for all musicians. Greg, you’ve done a beautiful, musical thing again!”
–– James Moody