G-Force Jazz Bios

Greg McLean
leader, trumpet and flugelhorn, composer, arranger

Greg McLean (b.1956), trumpeter, composer and arranger, born in Shreveport, LA, but grew up in Atlanta, Georgia.  He received a Bachelors Degree in Music Education (1979) from Georgia State University, Masters of Music (1982) in music composition Florida State University.  McLean also studied composition and jazz at the University of North Texas (1985-86). Greg has performed with a variety of groups both classical and jazz and leads his own Greg McLean Jazz Trio/Quartet. He plays with various jazz bands, variety bands, orchestras and brass groups in the Atlanta area.  Currently, Greg is Associate Professor of Music at Georgia Perimeter College where he directs the GPC Jazz Ensemble. directs the jazz lab band, and teaches courses in music appreciation, jazz history, composition, music theory and trumpet. 

McLean has performed or recorded with, composed or arranged for: Hotlanta Dixieland Jazz, the Atlanta Symphony Brass Quintet, Jens Lindemann, James Thompson, Marvin Stamm, the Canadian Brass, Laigh Langley, William Bell, Blues Boy Willie, Willie Hill, Garrison Elliott, Elise Witt, Rebecca Windham, Gwen Hughes, League of Decency and many others. 

Greg's major teachers have included Brian Goff, Larry Black, Joe Walthall, George Rawlins on trumpet. Composition

instructors have included Harold Schiffman (FSU) and Newell K. Brown (UNT).

Geoff Haydon
, piano and keyboard

A native of Manassas, Virginia, Dr. Geoffrey Haydon has successfully bridged both classical and jazz styles of performance. Currently Dr. Haydon coordinates the piano faculty at Georgia State University where he teaches piano, piano literature, jazz history and jazz theory. Known as a classical and jazz soloist, he is also a member of the Haydon-Lyke Piano Duo, the American Music Trio, the Haydon/Parker Duo and the Georgia State University Faculty Jazztet.

Dr. Haydon has performed throughout the U.S., in Europe, Russia, China, Japan, South America and Central America. He has performed with well-known jazz artists such as Eddie Daniels, Joe Henderson, Bill Watrous, Marvin Stamm, Nick Brignola, Randy Brecker, Indugu Chancler, Conrad Herwig and Hal Crook. He has also performed with touring shows including The Phantom of the Opera, The King and I, The Producers, Hairspray, Sister Act and Grease

In addition, Dr. Haydon is in demand as a clinician and adjudicator. He has numerous publications with Alfred Publishing, Warner Bros., Stipes Publishing and is co-author of Jazz History Overview, a textbook by Kendall Hunt Publishing. In collaboration with editor Robert Pace and arranger James Lyke, Dr. Haydon has co-arranged American popular songs for solo piano in a book titled Oldies But Goodies published by Lee Roberts Publications (distributed by Hal Leonard Publications). Beginning Jazz, a book of Dr. Haydon's jazz piano compositions, and a Christmas piano duet book have been published by Lee Roberts Publications. Both include MIDI accompaniment tracks available on CD. He has developed an impressive reputation as someone with a high level of expertise using technology in the areas of performance, composition, arranging and pedagogy. 

Dr. Haydon is an artist/clinician with the Contemporary Keyboard Division of Roland. He can be heard on My Foolish Heart, a jazz piano/vibraphone CD by the Haydon/Parker Duo available on the ACA Digital label. Dr. Haydon received his Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Richmond and studied three summers at the Aspen Music Festival. He received his Master and Doctorate of Musical Arts degrees from the University of Texas at Austin where he studied with Nancy Garrett and Gregory Allen.

George Grier
, accoustic and electric bass


Bassist, George Grier, is one of Atlanta’s finest musicians.  He has performed with some of the biggest names in jazz, including Dizzy Gillespie, Sonny Stitt, Melba Moore, Peabo Bryson, and, the Count Basie Orchestra.  George’s own recording studio produces many local Top-40 and Hip-Hop artists.  Mr. Grier is a graduate of Clark-Atlanta University and has been active in the Atlanta music scene for years.

Bill Norman, drums

Drummer, Bill Norman, is a former student of Ed Soph, well-known jazz drummer and professor at the University of North Texas.  While working in the house band of the former Club Atlantis, Mr. Norman worked with such notables as Billy Eckstine, Chris Conner and the Platters.  Bill has also worked with jazz great Duke Pearson.  In addition to his active drumming career, Mr. Norman is a partner in the Bosphorus Cymbal Company.


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