Award-winning arranger and performer/multi-instrumentalist, Greg Blair has had the opportunity to play in notable venues around the world from New England to Ireland, Spain, Brazil and Japan. As both a music director and sideman he has vast experience in a wide variety of genres, from funk to pop, folk, jazz, soul, orchestral music, big band, top 40 and beyond. He has performed with Frankie Valli, The Temptations, The Four Tops, Pauletta Washington, Diane Louie, Boston Modern Orchestra Project, The Four Freshman, and countless local, regional and national acts in addition to hundreds of weddings and private events across the Northeast US.
Growing up outside of Boston, Massachusetts, Greg began with the alto saxophone at age 8 and began gigging on everything from tenor sax to drum set well before the end of high school. Later he pursued a formal education UMass, Amherst's Honors College, graduating with a BA in Music. After two busy years in the Boston music scene, he moved to his current home of New York City to further his musical pursuits.
As a writer, continuing projects include producing songs for film, freelance horn section arrangements and writing for Blair & Company. His unique, New Orleans-inspired version of Pomp and Circumstance has been played at universities around the country including UMass Amherst, Michigan State University, Hobart & William Smith, and more.
As an educator, Greg recently contributed a sample essay, glossary and series of instructional videos regarding musical terminology to a best-selling college textbook published by Pearson Educational.