An emerging talent in the Baltimore-Washington music community, Greg maintains a multi-faceted performing and teaching presence as a pianist, trumpeter, and educator. As a pianist, he has performed at the East Coast Jazz Festival,
Baltimore-Washington Jazz Festival, IAJE Regional Jazz Festival, and Concordia Chamber Players Concert Series. A finalist for the United States Naval Academy Next Wave Jazz Ensemble/Concert Band audition, he has shared the stage with artists including Walt Weiskopf, Chris Gekker, Chris Vadala, Darryl Brenzel, Linda Mabbs, Lena Seikaly, Robert Gibson, Michelle Djokic, Ingrid Jensen, Steve Wilson, Bill Watrous, Juanita Williams, Fred Hughes, Allen Vizzutti, Greg Thompkins, Dr. E. Ron Horton, Scott Paddock, Adam Hanlin, Brent Madsen, Tim Powell, Nucleo Vega, Chuck Ferrell, Backstage and the Potomac Jazz Project. Instructors include Jon Ozment, Ron Elliston, Tim Murphy, Fred Hughes, and Joyce Keedy.
Greg recently released Singularity, his debut recording, on the Fundamental Sounds label. It is available through www.gregsmall.net, and through iTunes, Amazon, and CD Baby. An eclectic mix of largely original music for solo piano, Singularity transcends stylistic boundaries in a variety of unexpected and compelling ways. He is currently working on conceptions for a follow-up recording, also to be comprised of largely original music.
Some of the country's foremost artists have had the following to say about Singularity:
This recording showcases an introspective approach to piano playing with lots of variety and pleasant surprises! We, at the University of Maryland Jazz Studies program, are proud to see another of our talented graduates excel in performance and composition. -Chris Vadala (Chuck Mangione, Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra; Faculty, University of Maryland)
As a trumpeter, Greg has also maintained an active presence, performing with the National Wind Ensemble, Washington Brass Quintet, Summer Opera Theater Company, Baltimore Quadrophonic Brass and University of Maryland Brass Ensemble. He has also performed as a student of the Boston University Tanglewood Institute as well as being featured as a soloist on Shepherd University’s concert tour of Ireland, performing the Haydn Trumpet Concerto. Instructors include Chris Gekker, Phil Snedecor, and Wayne Cameron.
Greg holds degrees from the University of Maryland, College Park (M.M., Jazz Studies, Piano Concentration), Towson University (B.S., Psychology, Top 10% of Class), and Shepherd University (B.A., Music Performance, Trumpet Concentration,Cum Laude). A highly in-demand educator, he also maintains a teaching studio of 55 to 60 students in both piano and trumpet.