Greg Makamian is a double bassist, composer and educator based in New York City.
Greg has had the opportunity to perform next to the legendary Freddie Redd. He has also performed with great musicians such as: Chris Byars, Charis Ioannou, Vahagn Hayrapetyan, Pasquale Grasso, Zaid Nasser, Pete & Will Anderson, Keith Balla, Phil Stewart, Ofer Landsberg, Stefano Doglioni, John Mosca, Irene Day, Marios Toumbas, Ioannis Vafeas and others.
In 2018, Greg performed at the Dusselderf Jazz Rally in Germany with Mood Indigo. He also performed at the Technopolis Jazz Festival (Athens), Vamos Jazz Festival (Crete) with the Ioannou Vafeas Quartet. Lastly, he performed in Armenia, Yerevan at the Cafesjian Arts Centre, Ulikanyan Club and other venues with the Vahagn Hayrapetyan Trio.
In 2017, Greg recorded an album with the Ioannou Vafeas quartet, performing compositions by Chris Byars. The quartet recently presented the album at Syro’s Jazz Festival in Greece, and at Axiothea’s Mansion in Cyprus. The quartet also performed at the Shoe Factory (Pharos Arts Foundation) in mid-2017, where Greg received exposure by Armenian TV channel “SHANT TV”.
In 2016, Greg performed with the Cyprus Symphony Orchestra & the Charis Ioannou group, presenting the music of Charlie Parker – Bird with Strings.
In 2015 he was part of BopCy, a quartet with all Cypriot musicians and won the 2nd place in the first Greek Jazz Competition held in Athens, and appeared in Syros as part of the International Jazz Day 2015. He also performed at the 2nd Cyprus Jazz & World Music Showcase held by Rialto Theatre, presenting his latest compositions. He also performed at Smalls Jazz Club in NYC with legendary pianist Freddie Redd.
In Summer 2014, Greg taught as Jazz Faculty at the Cyprus Academy of Music Summer School and Festival (CAMSSF). In the same year, Greg made an appearance at the 1st Cyprus World & Jazz Music Showcase held by Rialto Theatre, where he performed his original compositions.
As the bandleader of Mood Indigo, Greg has organized public concerts, club engagements, and has performed at various national and international festivals.
Over the years, Greg has taken part in the Jazz Futures program let by the greats Ari Roland & Chris Byars, and the Jazz seminars of master Barry Harris. Greg holds a BA in Jazz performance where he studied under the great saxophonist Charis Ioannou, and has studied under bassists Ari Roland & Nicos Ioannou. Over the years he has taken lessons with many bass players that he looks up to. To name a few; Neal Miner, David Wong, John Goldsby.