A native of Norfolk, Virginia, Bernard’s fascination with the resounding thunder of the drum set began at an early age. His legacy of playing percussion is rooted in his childhood, where he was the drummer for his church choir at age 9. Bernard reflects on such greats as Elvin Jones and Jazz Messenger phenomenon Art
Blakely and attributes Steve Ellington and Billy Higgins as major influences in his style.
As one of the most highly regarded jazz pianists in the southeastern United States, Gary Motley has established a professional association with many of today’s leaders in jazz, having worked with artists ranging from Dave Brubeck to Clarke Terry. Gary has been recognized with awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Great American Jazz Piano Competition, and the American Composers Forum. Gary has also been featured in Downbeat Magazine and on NPR’s Piano Jazz with Marian McPartland.
When: Saturday, July 9, 2016 – 9pm & 11pm Shows
Where: Churchill Grounds Jazz Cafe – 660 Peachtree Street – Atlanta, GA ( Directions )