Posted on May 12, 2020

Mazel Musical Arts Society

It isn't where you came from, its where you're going that counts.
-Ella Fitzgerald

Gregg Mazel's performance highlights include performing at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festivals and in the opening act for Ella Fitzgerald (recorded and broadcast on National Public Radio). Gregg also performed with Helen Humes and Floyd Smith in New Orleans, and at the Houston Blues Festival with Gatemouth Brown and “Gates Express.”

Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.
I started in my pre-teens mesmerized by Ornette Coleman, Pharoah Sanders, Eric Dolphy, Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, Frank Zappa, Jimmy Hendrix and all the early Jazz and Pop hit makers via my older cousin Raphé Malik and next-door neighbor Bill Jiacovelli AKA Vellis’s records. By the time I was in my mid to late teens I was absorbing the sounds and styles of Lockjaw Davis, Illinois Jacquet, Gene Ammons, Sonny Stitt, Lester Young, Jonny Hodges, Arnett Cobb, King Curtis, Count Basie, Duke Ellington and so many more. Chanced upon Dionne Warwick with Burt Bacharach. Learning Sonny and Jug lines on records, Pharoah Sanders and Sun Ra’s aesthetics. Loved Big Walter Horton and Sugar Ray Norcia but didn't fall into their spell until Watch Hill playing in the 70s. All things music and sideman and leader of a variety of blues and jazz bands. Getting deep into Emily Remler, Johnny Vadacovich, Al Beletto, Ella Fitzgerald, Bill Evans, Phil DeGruy, and all the New Orleans bands, singers, and paraders.
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