Murray Low is a veteran pianist of the Bay Area jazz scene and has been playing, composing, arranging, recording, and teaching professionally for over 40 years. His fluency in all forms of jazz and its blending with other idioms has led to a multi-faceted career spanning a wide variety of musical contexts. Murray is perhaps best known for his contributions to the Latin Jazz, Salsa. and Afro-Cuban musical landscape. In his 35+ years of involvement, he has established himself as one of the premier pianists in that genre, having received four Grammy® nominations in the Latin Jazz category in 2003, 2011, 2014, and 2016 for his work with John Santos’s Machete Ensemble and the Wayne Wallace Latin Jazz Quintet. He has also been a finalist for the Latin Jazz Corner’s International Pianist of the Year in 2008 and 2011.
As a performer, Mr. Low has made numerous appearances at major jazz venues and festivals around the world and has performed with luminaries such as Arturo Sandoval, Nguyen Le, Ray Vega, Tito Puente, Orlando “Maraca” Valle, Paul McCandless, Poncho Sanchez, Clark Terry, Benny Golson, and Bob Mintzer. He also appears on over 100 jazz recordings.
In addition to his work at Stanford, Mr. Low has been a guest lecturer at the universities of Indiana, Iowa, Wisconsin, Berkeley, San Francisco, and San José. He was also Artist-In-Residence for the Kuumbwa Jazz Center’s education program.