Announcing the release of exciting new album from Baltimore pianist Alan Blackman. Four years ago he started a two piano series at Howard Community College in Columbia, Maryland as a way to bring in some of his favorite pianists and explore this unique format. This recording features two tracks by four different piano players; Vardan Ovsepian
, Clay Giberson
, Harry Appelman
, and Sunna Gunnlaugs
. The variety of textures, colors, and songforms range from free improvisation(read:string brushing,and muting) to traditional standards like Autumn Leaves. The two nine foot Steinway pianos sound amazing and the musical personalities and virtuosity are a joy to experience.About Alan Blackman
Pianist and composer, Alan Blackman, has been a mainstay in the Washington D.C. and Baltimore area for nearly a decade. He has performed at Blues Alley, the Kennedy Center's Millennium Stage, and nearly all of the area's Jazz Festivals both as a freelancer and with his group the Blackman/Barke Quartet. This group was runner-up in the DCJazz.com international competition and the Takoma Park Jazz Brawl. Alan has taught the jazz combos at Towson University as well accompanied the Jazz Vocal Master Class. In addition he has given private lessons through Maryland Conservatory, Maryland Piano, and Howard Community College.
Alan received a Bachelor's Degree in Studio Music and Jazz performance from the University of Miami and a Masters in jazz piano performance from Towson University.
Alan has worked for The Platters, soul artist Darlene Love, and toured South America as Latin pop singer Milton Cortez's keyboardist in 1993. His folk and Broadway skills were honed as pianist for both Karen Goldberg and national recording artist Jane Olivor.
Recently, he was awarded the eastern regional songwriting award by the Gospel Music Association and was selected to be part of the Betty Carter Jazz Ahead program at the Kennedy Center in D.C. Alan released his first CD of original music, Shadowdance
, in January 2000 and is currently working on his first jazz composition book tentatively entitled, Changing Standards
, which will be accompanied by an audio CD of his original arrangements.
He received a Maryland State Arts Grant for 2007, 2009, and 2010 in Musical Composition as well the Creative Baltimore Fund in 2010.
His new CD features Donny McCaslin
and Margret Grebowicz playing mostly originals and re-worked pop songs from the Beatles and Peter Gabriel.