Contact Greg Burgess at:

42 Music Row Lane

Selinsgrove PA 17870

570-374-2647

Email:  Greg Burgess

Greg

Burgess

“Brother Blues and me,

We’re two good lifelong friends,

He can depend on me,

And I can depend on him.”

Greg Burgess has been singing and playing the piano ever since, as he says, he “first felt the pangs of unrequited love.”  He is the pianist, vocalist, songwriter, and musical leader of Burgess, Mitchell & Seal, a piano, bass, and drums trio which performs a wide variety of jazz and blues.  In the ‘80’s he was a sideman with Rochester, NY, bluesman Joe Beard, and during his tenure, had the opportunity to back up blues legends Big Joe Turner, Buddy Guy, Junior Wells, and Taj Mahal, soul artist Roy C, and open for Millie Jackson.   Greg has performed often at the Billtown Blues Festival and has been recorded numerous times by George Graham of WVIA through the Homegrown Music Series, including a solo TV broadcast and one with singer/guitarist Debbie Davies.  Since 1992, Greg has been performing with his wife, Fiddler Woman Beverley Conrad, at the historical Penn’s Tavern in Fisher’s Ferry, Pennsylvania.       Greg has contributed music to the film documentaries Gettysburg: The Boys in Blue and Gray and to The People’s Bridge, a WHP-21 TV production which included his original composition “Sans Souci.”  His solo album, “I Am Not Alone!” was selected by Joe Miklos of Billtown Blue Notes as his top pick for best blues CD of 1999.  In 2013, Greg won the Billtown Blues Association’s Annual Competition as a solo artist and was selected to represent the Association at the International Blues Competition held in Memphis, TN.

     Other bands and musicians that Greg has performed with include Artie Renkel (and friends going back to ’72), Nate Myers, the Beale Street Blues Band with Augie, Jr. (who opened up once for Dr. John), Eric Ross, Billy Joe and his Foot, the Impromptu Blues Band (who helped to inspire the formation of the Billtown Blues Association), Mumbo Jumbo, the Uncles of Funk, Outland, Joe DeCristopher and Jamie Ernest, blues singer James Peterson (for one long weekend), the Cruel-4-Days blues band, John Johnson, Terry Rogers, Dicky Adams, Gene Minnaugh’s All That Jazz, Terry Wild, Flora Eyster, the Selinsgrove High School Symphonic Band directed by Ed Smith, the Bloomsburg Orchestra, and the Ann Kerstetter Band.

     In addition to playing music, Greg writes fiction and poetry.  His work has been published in the Journal of Experimental Fiction, neotrope, gestalten, and The Seed.  While his first novel and several novellas, experimental works, remain unpublished, his second novel, the preposterous blog of Sisyphus Gregor entitled Walks with Mway, appears online.  Greg is also an actor and has a starring role, playing a sleazy realtor, in the suspense movie All Is Normal, directed by Todd Bieber and Juliana Brafa, and co-starring Linda Blair.

“Influenced by a myriad of blues and jazz performers, Mr. Burgess combines a unique blend of styles and techniques into his intricate melodies, drawing from...Chicago and Delta blues, boogie woogie, swing, bop, funk and Latin jazz — all form a backdrop from which he draws inspiration.  His musical style is a combination of ‘the greats,’ such as Memphis Slim, James Booker, Fats Waller, Duke Ellington and Nat King Cole — all echo in the form his playing takes on. “          

                                                       — Jeffrey Federowicz, The Daily Item

 

“His piano playing style brings to life his feel for the music.  Tapping feet and a steady scat line support a masterful sense of phrasing that drops through his fingers and lands on those keys right on time.  Heavily influenced by jazz artists, Oscar Peterson, Keith Jarrett and Thelonious Monk and blues men Otis Spann and Roosevelt Sykes (to name a few), Burgess proves he paid attention.  He’ll get your fingers tapping to Peterson’s “Night Train,” your feet tapping to Ray Charles’ “Messing Around,” and he’ll have you out on the dance floor on the first few bars of “Mustang Sally.”  Then he’ll sit you back down and with a voice reminiscent of backwater bars and old recordings, slide into Fats Waller’s “Ain’t Misbehavin’,” or make you laugh with a Louis Jordan tune….Burgess is also an accomplished song writer, ask him to play “Big Brown Panther” or “Route 61”…”

                                                      — Annie Clark, The One