Marty Ashby is a jazz guitarist, GRAMMY® Award-winning producer, programming consultant, motivational speaker and lifelong advocate of jazz music and its unique place in American culture.
He is Executive Producer of MCG Jazz, which he started in 1987 and since then he has produced more than 2,000 concerts and 50 recordings on the MCG Jazz label garnering Five Grammy Awards and 11 additional nominations. For nearly three decades, Ashby has been an artistic advisor and producer for jazz concerts and festivals around the country, including the Animal Crackers jazz series in Racine, WI, Jazz at Seven Springs Festival and Jazz on the Circle Series in Cleveland. He was the EPP Goldman-Sachs Fellow at the National Museum of American History at the Smithsonian and has worked with many Jazz organizations as a consultant. Ashby has presented his Jazz is Life® professional development workshop to corporate and community audiences nationally and internationally.
As a guitarist, Ashby has performed and recorded with Slide Hampton, Claudio Roditi, Nancy Wilson, Paquito D'Rivera, Herbie Mann, Phil Woods, The Dizzy Gillespie™ All-Star Big Band and others. In addition to his musicianship, Ashby has curated and managed national tours for Jazz Across the Americas and the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra's Tribute to Ella Fitzgerald.
Marty Ashby, executive producer of MCG Jazz in Pittsburgh, sits in with JazzTimes Magazine publisher Lee Mergner to talk about the legacy of Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild as a catalyst for jazz in Pittsburgh and on the national scene. They spin cuts from Grammy-nominated albums from MCG Jazz by Bob Mintzer and New York Voices and they talk about the association of the performing arts center with artists like Dr. Billy Taylor, Dizzy Gillespie, Ray Brown, Monty Alexander and many others. This episode sponsored by Inner Sanctum Audio.