Jazz trumpeter, Marvin Stamm

New York Times describes Marvin as “Always boiling with intensity, color and passion…”

Over his career, Marvin Stamm has been praised for both the art and the craft of trumpet playing. Leonard Feather stated that “Mr. Stamm is an accomplished performer whose technical skill is used as a means to stimulating original ends.” Jazz Review states, “It is a pleasure listening to the work of Marvin Stamm, anytime! Stamm is a musician’s musician, performing flawlessly on his trumpet and flugelhorn.”

While attending North Texas State University (UNT), Mr. Stamm was discovered by band leader Stan Kenton. Upon graduating, he joined Kenton’s orchestra as his jazz trumpet soloist (1961-1962), recording five albums with the orchestra. After playing in Nevada show bands for several years, he joined Woody Herman’s band (1965-1966), touring worldwide.

Stamm settled in New York City in late 1966, quickly establishing himself as a busy jazz and studio trumpeter. New York was bustling with jazz activity during that period, and Stamm performed at key venues with many of the significant players in the business. He gained considerable recognition for his playing with the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Jazz Orchestra (1966-1972) and the Duke Pearson Big Band (1967-1970), as well as performing with Frank Sinatra (1973-1974) and the Benny Goodman Sextet (1974-1975), among others.

Stamm was also a recognized first-call studio player (1966-1990). Some of the jazz artists with whom he recorded include Bill Evans, Quincy Jones, Oliver Nelson, Duke Pearson, Thad Jones, Wes Montgomery, Freddie Hubbard, Stanley Turrentine, Patrick Williams, Michel Legrand, Lena Horne, Frank Foster, Paul Desmond, George Benson, and many other artists of the period.

Leaving the lucrative studio scene in the late ‘80s, Mr. Stamm has focused his attention on his first love, playing jazz. Over his career, he has been a member of John Lewis’ American Jazz Orchestra, the Bob Mintzer Band, the George Gruntz Concert Jazz Band, and Louie Bellson’s quintet and big band.

Stamm continues to tour, performing as a soloist, touring with his jazz quartet, and playing in duo with pianist Bill Mays. Stamm also performs occasionally with symphony orchestras and other eclectic ensembles.

Acknowledging his debt to the influence and guidance of former teachers and fellow musicians, Marvin Stamm has also committed a good deal of time and energy to helping young music students develop their own voices. His involvement in jazz education has taken him to universities and high schools across the U.S. and abroad as a performer, clinician and mentor, perpetuating the traditions of excitement and innovation that jazz represents.

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