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GLENN CASHMAN: Jazz saxophonist, composer, organist, educator: Bio

GLENN CASHMAN found inspiration for a free-wheeling, compositional approach to saxophone and improvisation in the playing of Joe Henderson, Wayne Shorter and John Coltrane. His compositions reflect a rainbow of influences including Coltrane, Shorter, Ivan Lins, Gil Evans, Igor Stravinsky, Bob Brookmeyer, Bela Bartok and Burt Bacharach. Glenn is bi-coastal, currently serving as Associate Professor of Music at Colgate University in Hamilton, NY and spending more than 3 months per year in Southern, CA, performing and recording. He previously held positions as Director of Jazz Studies at Cal State Fullerton and Towson University in Baltimore. At Towson, Glenn was handpicked by noted composer/arranger/educator Hank Levy to succeed Levy upon his retirement.

In 2005, Glenn was named Founding Artistic Director of the Muckenthaler Jazz Festival in Fullerton, CA, presenting six concerts in a outdoor summer series along with his friend and producer, Eric Futterer. Next summer will mark season 10 for the festival. The Los Angeles based “Glenn Cashman and the Southland Big Band” and his "Southland Nonet" debuted there. These ensembles feature top LA jazz & studio performers. Both big band (2009) and nonet (2013) CDs enjoyed international airplay while being reviewed enthusiastically in the jazz press. Glenn's ensemble music is published by Walrus Music.

A lifelong keyboardist, Glenn began playing jazz organ in April, 2014. He can frequently be heard in SoCal on organ with the Ron Eschete Trio and with his own groups. A recently formed trio (OGD) just started to perform in Hamilton, NY, with guitarist Joe Ferlo and drummer Mark Shiner.

PERFORMING-RECORDING Glenn's first solo CD, I'VE GOT YOUR RHYTHM, was anchored by jazz greats Kenny Barron, Ray Drummond and Ben Riley. Glenn and LA piano giant Tom Ranier co-led a duo CD, BLUE IN GREEN (2004) and released a sextet project BRIGHT IDEA on Primrose Lane Music, enlivened by Bob Sheppard (alto sax), Bob McChesney (trombone), Luther Hughes (bass) and Kendall Kay (drums). Since 2004, Glenn has served as tenor saxophonist for the Cannonball-Coltrane Project (CCP) led by the irrepressible Luther Hughes.

The "CCP" recorded four CDs: LUTHER HUGHES & THE CANNONBALL-COLTRANE PROJECT (2004), SECOND HELPING (2006), SPECTACULAR! (2008) THINGS ARE GETTING BETTER (2011). All aired nationally on jazz radio and appeared on the JazzWeek Charts. "THINGS" peaked at #2. The quintet performed at jazz festivals and colleges across the country, as well as numerous Southern California venues including The Jazz Bakery, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the Orange County Performing Arts Center. In 2007, the "CCP" offered a DVD recorded live at Saddleback College.  

Glenn also performed on a DVD project with Japanese guitarist Hideaki Tokunaga. An East Coast recording titled FOREVER YOUNG with LA guitarist Ron Escheté, organist Rick Montalbano, drummer Jimmy Johns, and Glenn on tenor saxophone, was released in 2014.

Glenn performed or recorded with Dennis Chambers, Claudio Roditi, Joe LaBarbara, Ron Eschete, Mundell Lowe, Jeff Clayton, Kendall Kay, Harold Danko, Mike Wofford, Holly Hofmann, Llew Matthews, Bill Cunliffe, Paul Bollenback, Drew Gress, Jim Pugh, Jeff Littleton, George Colligan, Don Littleton, Tony Martucci, Frank Potenza, Harold Land Jr., Deana DeRose, Chuck Berghoffer, John von Olen, Steve Gadd, Jimmy Ford, Ramon Banda, Steve Cotter, John Stowell, Howard Curtis, Bill Warfield Big Band, Mark Massey, Doug McDonald, Gap Mangione Big Band, Todd Coolman, David Kane, Mike Smith (drummer), Richard Roeder, The US Army Jazz Ambassadors, Les Hooper Big Band, Kate Reid, Nancy Kelly, Janis Mann, Bonnie Bowden, Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder and many others.

He has appeared in jazz club and concert venues across the US, in Japan, Russia, Sweden, Australia, and in such Southern California jazz spots as the Orange County Center For The Performing Arts, Newport Beach Jazz Party, LACMA Jazz Series, The Lighthouse Cafe, The Jazz Bakery, Steamers Jazz Cafe, Charlie O's, Sangria, and in a live concert broadcast on San Diego's KSDS. Glenn has twice been named Artist in Residence at the famed St. Petersburg Conservatory in Russia. He has also performed with the Central New York Jazz Orchestra alongside such notables as Rob McConnell, Eddie Daniels, Buddy DeFranco, Benny Golson, Robin Eubanks, Carmen Bradford, Barbara Morrison, Howard Johnson, Kevin Mahogany and Byron Stripling.

COMPOSITION COMMISSIONS "The Circuit" for Big Band and jazz organ commissioned by Bill Warfield Big Band, featuring organist Gene Ludwig for a live recording "Duffs Blues" on the Blue Leaf label. "Tropicale" for Big Band commissioned by trumpeter John Blount (U.S. Navy Commodores Jazz Ensemble) and recorded on the Sea Breeze release "Better Days Ahead" by John Blount with Dave Tucker and the New Big Band. Additionally, flautist Holly Hofmann & pianist Mike Wofford have recorded Glenn's "No Mercy" and performed the composition at many festivals and venues including the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. with Peter Washington & Victor Lewis, and at the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival with Benny Green, John Clayton and Jeff Hamilton.