Distinguished Concerts International New York presents: Jazz at Town Hall
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Quotes & Highlights
“(Faddis is) the world’s greatest trumpeter… brash soloistic logic and breathtaking technical acuity.” --Time Out New York
“(Faddis is) a trumpet player of prodigious lyrical force.” —Wall Street Journal
“Lalama is a grand, modern-minded storyteller who knows bebop, and other stuff, too… His melodies are authoritative and warmly melodic, his time drummer-sure. In other words, a first-class jazz soloist.” —Downbeat
Distinguished Concerts International New York Presents
Monk in the 21st Century: The Next Generation Featuring: Jon Faddis
New York Improv Collective with Ray Vega, Rob Derke, Ted Rosenthal, Carlo DeRosa, Quincy Davis
Vanguard University Jazz Ensemble (CA) (Kenneth R. Foerch, Director)
Central Connecticut State University Jazz Ensemble (CT) (Carl W. Knox, Director) Jon Faddis is a complete and consummate musician — conductor, composer, and educator. Marked by both intense integrity and humor, Faddis earned accolades from his close friend and mentor John Birks Gillespie, who declared of Faddis, “He’s the best ever, including me!” As a trumpeter, Faddis possesses a virtually unparalleled range and full command of his instrument, making the practically impossible seem effortless. Time Out New York (2003) praises Faddis as “the world’s greatest trumpeter … brash soloistic logic and breathtaking technical acuity,” and Nat Hentoff, in The Wall Street Journal (2005), characterizes Faddis as “a trumpet player of prodigious lyrical force.”
Born in 1953, Faddis began playing at age eight, inspired by an appearance by Louis Armstrong on television. Meeting Dizzy Gillespie at 15 proved to be a pivotal beginning of a unique friendship that spanned over three decades. Shortly after his 18th birthday, Faddis joined Lionel Hampton’s big band, moving from Oakland, CA to New York. Faddis worked as lead trumpet for the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra at the Village Vanguard, formed his own quartet, and soon began directing big band orchestras, including the Grammy-winning United Nation Orchestra, the Dizzy Gillespie 70th Birthday Big Band, the Dizzy Gillespie Alumni All-Stars, the Carnegie Hall Jazz Band (1992-2002), and the successor to the CHJB, the Jon Faddis Jazz Orchestra of New York (2003-present). The Chicago Jazz Ensemble, which celebrated its 40th anniversary at Columbia College Chicago, named Faddis as its Artistic Director in autumn 2004. Faddis will continue to conduct both the JFJONY and the CJE in the future. Faddis has also served as guest conductor and featured guest with the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra.
Faddis’ original compositions include the Jazz opera Lulu Noire (1997) (named a “Top 10” pick by USA Today); others may be heard on his Grammy-nominated Remembrances (Chesky 1998), Into the Faddisphere (Epic 1989), and Hornucopia (Epic 1991). Faddis’ album, TERANGA (Koch 2006) features new compositions by the trumpeter, joined by members of the Jon Faddis Quartet: David Hazeltine (piano), Kiyoshi Kitagawa (bass), & Dion Parson (drums), together with special guests Alioune Faye (sabor), Abdou Mboup (djembe & talking drum), Russell Malone (guitar), Gary Smulyan (baritone saxophone), Clark Terry (flugelhorn & vocals), and Frank Wess (alto flute). Ralph Lalama is a world-class tenor saxophonist who has found
his fame on the New York jazz scene and around the globe through his association with such luminary bands as the Village Vanguard Jazz Orchestra (formerly the Thad Jones /Mel Lewis Orchestra – with whom he’s played since 1983), the Carnegie Hall Jazz Band, and the Joe Lovano Nonet. Though critics and fans have often compared his sound to the likes of Sonny Rollins and Hank Mobley, Ralph has evolved his voice into an unmistakable one all his own; and he can always be counted on to get down to the heart of the musical matter. Included in his busy recording career are five CDs as a leader for the Criss Cross jazz label; one of them (“Circle Line”) earned him four-and-a-half stars from DownBeat.