Rachael Walters Brightwell
- Associate Director for Programing and Outreach
The Alabama Jazz Hall of fame Nominating Committee have selected Emory Music faculty member Gary Motley to join their roster of honored artists. The induction ceremony took place on Saturday, December 12th at Carver Theatre in Birmingham, Alabama. Motley and a handful of other accomplished musicians were sworn in and received their awards.
“I’m truly flattered to be acknowledged by my home state for my work,” says Motley.
Gary Motley is a well-known jazz pianist and composer and has received previous awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Great American Jazz Piano Competition, and the American Composers Forum (ACF). In 2010, his composition based on a work by Toni Morrison premiered at the Toni Morrison Society’s 6th Biennial Conference in Paris. Currently, Motley works as the Director of Jazz Studies at Emory University. Upon induction into the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame, Motley’s name will join the likes of Nat King Cole, Duke Ellington, and Ella Fitzgerald, among many other talented artists.