Mike Holober + Marvin Stamm
Mike has recently been working with legendary trumpeter Marvin Stamm as a duo, and the two of them as a quartet with Mike McGuirk (bass) and Dennis Mackrel (drums).
Stamm began his career touring with Stan Kenton and Woody Herman in the 1960s, and after moving to New York he gained considerable recognition as a member of the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra, the Duke Pearson Big Band, as well as performing with Frank Sinatra and the Benny Godman Sextet. During this period Stamm was also a first-call studio player, recording with jazz luminaries, as well as popular artists such as Paul McCartney. Stamm has also released multiple recordings over the years as a soloist, and with artists such as Bob Mintzer, Terry Clarke, Phil Markowitz, Lincoln Goines, and Bill Charlap. He has also released several recordings with long-time collaborator Bill Mays, and with the Soph/Stamm project featuring Ed Soph on drums, Bill Mays on piano, and Rufus Reid on bass.
Holober and Stamm began playing together after meeting through their work with the Westchester Jazz Orchestra. Frequently gathering on Sunday afternoons to play informally, they have developed a unique musical connection. When joined by McGuirk and Mackrel, the intimacy of the conversation expands, resulting in a dynamic and interactive musical dialogue that evokes the atmosphere of chamber music.
Read a review by Ralph Mirielo of the duo concert at Nyack Library's Carnegie Room in the Huffington Post: