Artistic Associations

Performances in Armenia, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Israel, Italy, Japan, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey and USA in clubs, concerts & master classes, and on recordings, TV & radio with major artists including (partial list): 

Sonny Rollins • Lionel Hampton • Chet Baker • Joe Williams • Sonny Stitt • Cal Tjader • Lee Konitz • Mongo Santamaria • Hank Mobley • Jimmy Heath • Jim Hall • Willi Bobo • Dewey Redman • Jackie Paris • Attila Zoller • Joe Chambers • Frank Wess • Anne-Marie Moss • Gene Bertoncini • Paul Motian • Billy Harper • Claudio Roditi • George Mraz • Bernard Purdy • David Liebman • Randy Brecker • Cecil McBee • Portinho • Paquito D'Rivera • Tom Harrell • Eddie Gomez • Billy Hart • Joe Lovano • Valerie Ponamarov • Buster Williams • Ray Barretto • Thomas Chapin • Wallace Roney • Michael Moore • Night Ark

Honorable Mention

  • American Keyboard Artists (Chicago: Chicago Biographical Center, 1992)
  • Thomas Staudter, "Armenian Music Inspires A Jazz Pianist" (New York Times feature article, February 10, 2002
  • Raffi Zabor, The Bear Comes Home (New York: Norton, 1997)
  • Pamela Bloom, Buddhist Acts Of Compassion (Berkeley: Conari Press, 2000)
  • Francis Davis, In The Moment (New York: Oxford University Press, 1986)
  • Marquis Who's Who in Entertainment (Wilmette: Marquis Who's Who, 1992)

Recordings as Leader

Atlas Records
Donelian (p), Eddie Gomez (b), Billy Hart (d)]

A Reverie
Sunnyside Records
Donelian (solo p)

Trio '87
Odin Records
Donelian (p), Carl-Morten Iversen (b), Audun Kleive (d)]

Sunnyside Records
Donelian (p), Dick Oatts (s), Barry Danielian (t), Anthony Cox (b), Bill Stewart (d), Arto Tunçboyaciyan (perc)

The Wayfarer
Sunnyside Records
Donelian (p), Dick Oatts (s), Barry Danielian (t), Anthony Cox (b), Bill Stewart (d), Arto Tunçboyaciyan (perc)

Grand Ideas Vol. 1, Wave
Sunnyside Records
Donelian (solo p)

Grand Ideas Vol. 2, Mystic Heights
Sunnyside Records
Donelian (solo p)


Composer of over 90 original works.

Three works published: Stargazer in The New Real Book Vol. 2 (Sher Music); Harem Girl in Saxophone Quintet and Metropolitan Madness in Woodwind Quintet (both by Advance Music, and arranged by Ed Neumeister). Forty-two works recorded on Mystic Heights, Armen Donelian (SunnySide); Secrets, Armen Donelian (SunnySide); Trio '87, Armen Donelian (Odin); The Wayfarer, Armen Donelian (SunnySide); A Reverie, Armen Donelian (SunnySide); Stargazer, Armen Donelian (Atlas Records); Sofrito, Mongo Santamaria (Vaya) 1976 Grammy Award Nominee; Moments, Night Ark (RCA/Novus); Hurricane, Rory Stuart (SunnySide); and Positively Armenian, Various Artists (AGBU).

Performances as Leader

  • Carnegie Recital Hall, NYC (1984 NEA project, see†)
  • Cathedral of St. John Divine, NYC
  • St. Peter's Church, NYC (1987 NEA project, see†)
  • Blue Note, Bradley's, Fat Tuesday's, Greene Street, Sweet Basil, Zinno, other NYC clubs
  • Caramoor Jazzfest, NY
  • Hennessy Jazz Festival, NYC
  • Jacksonville Jazz Festival, FL
  • Manhattan School of Music, NYC
  • New School University, NYC
  • Adelphi University, NY
  • Berklee College of Music, MA
  • Lawrence University, WI
  • Mankato State University, MN
  • Marlboro College, VT
  • Stockton State University, NJ
  • Tufts University, MA
  • William Paterson University, NJ
  • Interplay Jazz Camp, NH
  • Vermont Jazz Center, VT
  • Yerevan Jazz Festival, Armenia
  • Ottowa Jazz Festival, Canada
  • Pori Jazz Festival, Finland
  • Jazz in August 96, Portugal
  • US Embassies in Romania, Georgia
  • Richard Oshanitzsky Jazz Festival, Romania
  • Cluj Phil. Hall, Romania
  • Kannon Jazz and Modern Dance Festival, Russia
  • Bilsak Jazz Festival, Turkey
  • Concert, club, radio & television appearances in 21 countries
  • Voice of America Radio (worldwide)

Performances as Sideman

  • Sonny Rollins (1977-8)
    • Village Gate, NYC
    • Showboat, DC
    • Jazz Workshop, Boston
  • Billy Harper (1979-83)
    • Four LPs (MPS, Baystate, Poljazz)
    • Kool Jazz Festival, NYC
    • Sweet Basil, NYC
    • Keystone Corner, SF
    • Yamaha Festival, Japan
    • Jazz Jamboree, Poland
    • Caiscais Jazz Festival, Portugal
  • Rory Stuart (1984-90)
    • Two CDs (Cadence, SunnySide-see §)
    • Kool Festival-Saratoga, NY
    • Burlington Festival, VT
  • Mannes/New School Jazz Faculty Ensemble (1998)
    • IAJE Convention, NYC
  • Mongo Santamaria (1975-6)
    • Four LPs including Grammy nominee Sofrito with 3 Donelian compositions (Fania-see §)
    • Madison Square Garden, NYC
    • Village Gate, NYC
    • Cinco de Mayo Festival, SF
    • Concerts by the Sea, LA Keystone Corner, SF
  • Paquito D'Rivera (1984)
    • Montreal Jazz Festival
    • PBS-TV (Network)
  • Anne-Marie Moss (1979-present)
    • Kool Jazz Festival, NYC
    • Toronto Harborfront Festival
    • Ottawa Jazz Festival
  • Thomas Chapin (1992)
    • Toulon Festival, France
    • Knitting Factory, NYC
    • Village Gate, NYC
  • Night Ark (1989-1999)
    • Three CDs (Novus-see §, Polygram/Universal)
    • Fat Tuesday's, NYC
    • NPR (Network)
    • Yerevan Jazz Festival, Armenia Istanbul
    • Jazz Festival, Turkey
    • Jerusalem Festival, Israel
  • Chet Baker (1976,82-3)
    • Stryker's, NYC
    • Gulliver's, NJ
    • One Step Down, DC
    • Club 7, Norway
  • Joe Williams (1996)
    • Voice of America Radio
  • Roy Ayers (1976)
    • Two LPs (Polygram)
  • Datevik Hovanesian (1990-2000)
    • One CD (Sony) prod./ G. Avakian
    • Yerevan Jazz Festival, Armenia