Hello and welcome!
My fourth album as a leader was just released on April 3rd, the Glenn Makos Quartet: The Michel Legrand Project (Stop Time Records). Joining me are Craig Yaremko on soprano, alto sax and flute, Joe Fitzgerald on bass, and Gene Lewin on drums. We re-examine the music of a man known not only as a film composer, arranger, and songwriter, but also as an accomplished jazz pianist.
“Outside of some well stocked, under packaged recent box sets, Legrand hasn’t been getting the love he should and Makos and his pals stand to correct that. Taking some prime bits of the Legrand canon to some new places, Makos uses his big band chops to take this combo to a big sound and feel. A welcome pairing, Makos ought to get some of the nu retro divas putting their thinking caps on and giving Cole Porter a rest for a while. Well done.”
– Chris Spector www.midwestrecord.com
I have also recently released all original material on my third album as a leader, Houston Street, on Stop Time Records. I am also currently working on original compositions for a future release of a big band album.
Here’s the rest of my story:
As both a leader and sideman, trumpeter Glenn Makos has performed at New York area jazz clubs, including Birdland, The Blue Note, and The Knitting Factory. A co-founder of the nine-piece group, New Jazz Resolution/ NoNoNonet, Glenn served as a composer and arranger. Among his works recorded with the group, Ellingtonesque: Uptown Suite, Veronica Timpanelli of www.jazzreview.com writes that the piece, “is infused with elegance, spicy world flavor, hot sibilant percussion, and traditional style all rolled into one juicy escapade.”
He has performed with Cleo Laine and John Dankworth in Bermuda, singer Titilayo Rachel Adedokun in Munich, and Santy y su Son de Cuba in Prague. Glenn has worked with flutist Dave Valentin, saxophonist Danny Weiss, pianists Joel Weiskopf, D.D. Jackson, Brian Jackson, Ehud Asherie, guitarists Rez Abassi and Pete McCann, bassists Boris Kozlov and Sean Smith, drummers Willard Dyson, Steve Davis, Gene Lewin, and Gasper Bertoncelj. He has appeared with the Jamie Begian Big Band, Diane Moser Big Band, as well as with vocalists Liza Minelli, Neil Diamond, Lisala Beatty, Jay Black and the Americans, Al Martino, and Jack Jones. Jazz festivals include Montreux and Brienz, Switzerland, Terni and Porto San Giorgio, Italy, and twice at the The Festival of New Trumpet Music in New York.
Glenn’s clinician experiences include working with students in the Brass Band of Equador in Quito, Lehman College, Brooklyn College, CUNY Graduate Center, and La Guardia High School for the Performing Arts.
Glenn has a bachelor’s degree in music from West Chester University, PA and a master’s degree in jazz performance from the Manhattan School of Music. He serves as the jazz director at the Dalton School in New York City, where his groups have been recognized twice with Downbeat student music awards.