Keep Me in Mind
The Marc Why Group is a Southern California-based jazz quartet specializing in performing modern jazz and modern renditions of classic jazz standards. The MYG was formed in 2003 when local psychologist Dr. Marc Ybaben had the vision of playing in a jazz combo that focused on 'something different' while providing audiences with high-quality, creative, and exciting jazz. 'Jazz bands run a similar risk as do symphony orchestras,' Marc stated in a recent interview. 'That is, if they play just 'the same old stuff' that audiences know, the music gets dull and the audience eventually gets bored. There needs to be a mix of old and new, classic and cutting edge, to keep both the musicians and audience interested and wanting to hear more.' This unique philosophy sets The MYG apart, and brings an excitement to every performance. In a typical performance, audiences hear a range of songs from classic composers like Gershwin, Jobim and Miles Davis, all the way to modern greats: Tom Harrell, John Scofield, Dave Holland and John Moulder. From the response at performances, the mix works. The MYG and it's members have performed at numerous public and private events throughout Southern California, including clients/venues such as: The Laguna Playhouse, Seven Degrees Art Gallery, The Lighthouse, The Long Beach Museum of Art, The Richard Nixon Library, the Pasadena Convention Center, Mario's Place Restaurant, and at The Coachhouse Theatre, where they have opened for jazz giants Chuck Mangione and Larry Carlton, and prog-rock gods, The Tony Levin Band! The MYG has just released it's debut CD, Keep Me in Mind, which was recorded locally at the Headway Music Complex in Orange County. The recording has earned them the distinction of 'Best Jazz Artist' of the year in the 2005 Orange County Music Awards, and 'Best Instrumental Music' prize at the 2007 OCMA! Members: Rial Gallagher: tenor sax Pat Morvan: acoustic bass Dave Woods: drums Marc Ybaben: guitar Special Guest Artist: Nick Phillips: trumpet.