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Keller Williams Donates Godin Guitar, Special Prizes to Mimi Fishman Auction

Virginia native Keller Williams today launches an online auction at www.mimifishman.org/auctions to benefit his southern neighbors who were impacted by the recent tornados that tore through the region. Hosted by the Mimi Fishman Foundation, the public can bid on a Godin Guitar cherished by Keller, a Golf Cart Ride and VIP Ticket upgrade at the upcoming Summer Camp Festival, and a Keller Williams “Season Pass.” 100% of the money raised will go directly to tornado victims, with Keller and each winner deciding together the specific recipient organization. For additional details and to bid, visit http://www.mimifishman.org/auctions/.

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A word from Keller about the auction (April 20, 2011):

As I watched the dreamy royal wedding, I couldn’t help thinking of the nightmare that was happening in the southeast. The devastation from the tornados left me wanting to help in any way possible. So, in addition to a couple other items, I'm auctioning off my Godin Multiac fretless guitar with synthe access. Her name is "lil' sexy." Please check out “Lil' Sexy Blues" from the Dream record featuring Sanjay Mishra on guitar, Samir Chatterjee on tablas, and me playing this guitar. It has nylon strings and sounds like a warm classical that's being played with a slide except your fingers are doing the sliding as there are no frets. The fret lines are in place so it plays easily. With a fretless, you simply press the string on the fretline for the proper note to be in tune. It’s a guitar player’s guitar. It’s not a cowboy chord guitar you sit back and strum tunes around the campfire. It’s a thin body guitar, but slightly thicker than an electric. It’s super sexy. The pick up system is very elaborate with many options. Each string sits in its own cradle. The signal is split two ways and has two separate out puts. One is a regular quarter inch guitar cable that controls the acoustic sounds with volume, treble, mid, and bass control faders. The other is a 13 pin gk cable that goes to the Roland guitar synthesizer. This unit is not included. But it’s bad ass. Hours of entertainment can be had with a plethora of different sounds. My favorites were the trumpet and fiddle. I would tune the guitar to chord and slide around the low notes on the trumpet patch and would sound like a sexy trombone with no spit. The fiddle is way more realistic sounding with the fretless aspect. Although it’s a thin body, there is a small acoustic port up by the controls that allows you to play and hear her in all her sexiness with out any amplification. I’m letting her go because she was a one song a show guitar. Then when I started flying so much and had to choose who goes and who stays, I obviously chose the guitars I play the most. She is a luxury, specialty that deserves to be played.

For more from Keller and to bid in the auction, visit www.mimifishman.org.

TOWER OF POWER @ Boulder Theater | 8/7/11

Boulder Weekly & Z2 Entertainment is proud to present Tower of Power at the Boulder Theater on Sunday, August 7th, 2011.  Tickets are $30.00 and On Sale Friday, May 6th.

With 42 years of recording and touring experience behind them, Tower of Power has a new album, THE GREAT AMERICAN SOULBOOK which features covers of soul classics with guest singers Joss Stone, Sir Tom Jones, Huey Lewis, and Sam Moore.

The group still garners rave reviews, and leaves the audiences dancing in their seats in the arenas, theatres, and outdoor venues they play year 'round. Melding soul, jazz, funk, and rock in a way no group ever has, the ten-piece outfit is, according to the HOLLYWOOD REPORTER, “tighter than a clenched fist.”

The late great James Brown was quoted in HEEB magazine about Tower of Power, as saying, "There's no black group that plays my stuff as good as them."

Well known in the '70s for tunes such as “What is Hip?” and “You're Still a Young Man,” Tower of Power toured with Santana, Sly Stone and Credence Clearwater Revival, eventually creating traffic jams when they headlined their own shows. They performed on records with Elton John, Smokey Robinson, Rod Stewart, Aerosmith, and Dionne Warwick, influencing a generation of musicians (including Sting, who has told Emilio Castillo, founder of the group, that he once had a “Tower of Power clone band” before he formed The Police). In the 1980s, they backed Huey Lewis and the News, Heart, Eurythmics, and Little Feat, just to name a few.

Tower of Power, after 40 years, is experiencing more popularity than ever before as they tour year 'round packing venues in the United States, the Pacific Rim, and all over Europe.

On June 6, 2004 The California Music Association honored Tower of Power with a Lifetime Achievement Award and cited their 2003 Sony Legacy anthology “Havin' Fun” as Soul/R&B album of the year, beating out releases by En Vogue and Raphael Saadiq.

As of August 19, 2009 the group's original trumpet player Mic Gillette returns to the band reuniting with original members David Garibaldi, Emilio Castillo, Doc Kupka, and Rocco Prestia. Says Emilio, "Having Mic back in the band brings back incredible memories. His ability to play screaming lead trumpet and then switch effortlessly to trombone is world class. What an amazing brass player he is. It's just incredible that after all these years the three original horn players are back together in Tower of Power."

The band's frontman Larry Braggs is also a powerful force. Emilio, who shares frontman duties, is in awe of his singer, "with his astounding range and irresistible energy, he has a soulfulness that knows no bounds, finessing a ballad with the best of them, and then turning right around  to make it as funky as it gets. Larry's joyful spirit is undeniably contagious."

When asked to describe the band's music, the group members give a variety of responses. Says Emilio, “What Tower plays is Oakland soul music.” Former Tower saxophonist Lenny Pickett, current musical director for the Saturday Night Live band, says “TOP is the world's best rhythm and blues band.” In reality, TOP's horn-driven, in-your-face sound is all its own. Read more about Tower of Power at www.towerofpower.com.

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Tower of Power

Boulder Theater

Sunday, August 7th, 2011

Doors:  7:30 pm

Show Time:  8:00 pm

Viennese Prog-Jazz Band to Battle Gloom in NYC

On Wednesday, May 4, at 7:30 PM, the up-and-coming Viennese progressive jazz quartet Kompost 3 will present their self-titled debut album to a New York audience. Trumpet, e-piano, drums, bass, and subtle electronics provide the sonic groundwork for this young and funky instrumental jazz band. Despite their young age, the members of Kompost 3, Martin Eberle, Benny Omerzell, Lukas König, and Manu Mayr, have already played with a wide variety of renowned artists, including Soap&Skin, Wolfgang Mitterer, and Wolfgang Puschnig.

Founded in 2009, the band calls Vienna’s third district its home, a residential area for workers interspersed with masterpieces of aristocratic architecture. The days of 18th century imperialism are long gone, and the dreary reality of working life has settled into the third district. Detecting 21st century signs of muck and rot, the band takes its energy from this wholly Viennese air of decay to create music that is fresh and invigorating, much like a compost pile produces fertilizer – hence the name, Kompost 3.

Martin Eberle, born 1981, plays trumpet and flugelhorn, studies classical trumpet at the Feldkirch Konservatorium and jazz trumpet at the Hochschule der Künste Bern/Swiss Jazz School Bern. Benny Omerzell, born 1984, plays Fender Rhodes electric piano and red instruments and currently studies at the Jazzhochschule Graz. Manu Mayr, born 1989, plays electric bass and double bass and studies at the Konservatorium Wien Privatuniversität and the Bruckneruniversität Linz. Rounding off the distinctive sound of Kompost 3 with drums and electronics, Lukas König, born 1988, studies at the Bruckneruniversität Linz and the Gustav Mahler Konservatorium in Vienna.

The concert takes place at the auditorium of the ACFNY at 11 East 52nd Street (between Fifth and Madison). Admission is free, but reservations are required. Check or call 212 319 5300 ext. 222.

DeVotchka @ Boulder Theater | 10/29 & 30

DeVotchKa is a four piece multi-instrumental and vocal ensemble that fuses Romani, Greek, Slavic and Bolero music with American punk and folk roots.

The quartet is made up of Nick Urata, who sings and plays theremin, guitar, bouzouki, piano, and trumpet; Tom Hagerman, who plays violin, accordion, and piano; Jeanie Schroder, who sings and plays sousaphone and double bass; and Shawn King, who plays percussion and trumpet.

Numerous nationwide tours in support of self released records earned the band an underground following. Their song How It Ends was featured on the trailer for the film Everything Is Illuminated, introducing the band to a widening audience. Their performance at the 2006 Bonnaroo music festival was considered a breakout event. In between tours, the band was picked by first time film directors Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris to score Little Miss Sunshine, a 2006 film that would go on to garner four Academy Award nominations. DeVotchKa composed and performed the majority of the music for the film's soundtrack and were nominated for a 2006 Grammy Award for Best Compilation Soundtrack.

DeVotchKa's latest studio album, A Mad & Faithful Telling, was released on March 18, 2008. DeVotchKa is currently doing a worldwide tour in support of the album's release.

Since its debut performance on Valentine's Day 2009, the band has played numerous shows including sharing the stage with the likes of Amazing Baby, Pink Mountaintops, Wovenhand and The Entrance Band.

With songs as seductively venomous as its name suggests, Snake Rattle Rattle Snake began in October 2008 when veterans of the underground music scene in Denver decided to pursue a mutual interest in darkly atmospheric music with a grounding in dance rhythms. More Info / Buy Tickets

Livia Devereux @ Metropolitan Room May 25

Vocalist Livia Devereux performs with her band at The Metropolitan Room on May 25 at 7pm. The band for this performance consists of Sarah Jane Cion on piano, Anthony Masi on saxophone, Tony Ventura on acoustic bass and Kirk Devereux on drums.  Livia is celebrating the release of her new CD “Night Winds Whisper”

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“Night Winds Whisper” is an expression of Livia Devereux’s various musical influences such as jazz, R&B, swing and pop. She accomplished this by employing talented New York City musicians from various musical backgrounds under the direction of arranger and producer, Rob Filomena. Livia and Rob brought in a great cast of players such as pianist Sarah Jane Cion, Grammy nominated bassist Phil Palombi, the SYOTOS horn section consisting of trombonist Chris Washburn, Ole Mathisen on saxophone and John Walsh on trumpet. The CD was recorded, mixed and mastered by Grammy winning engineer Luis F. Herrera.

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Livia Devereux | The Metropolitan Room | May 25th, 2010

$15.00 advance tickets  are recommended and available at www.metropolitanroom.com or by calling 1-212-206-0440

Festival of New Trumpet presents: Bobby Bradford & David Murray

Thursday, October 1: Ambrose Akinmusire performs a newly commissioned work honoring Bradford and written especially for FONT featuring pianist Vijay Iyer and trumpeter Avishai Cohen. Akinmusire is the winner of the 2007 Carmine Caruso International Jazz Trumpet Solo Competition and the 2008 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition. 7:30 and 9:30. $25.

Friday, October 2: Trumpeter Jeremy Pelt brings together a very special sextet with fellow trumpeters Eddie Henderson and David Weiss. Jeremy is currently a featured performer in the Mingus Big Band, Ralph Peterson Quintet, Lewis Nash Ensemble, Cannonball Adderley Legacy Quintet featuring Louis Hayes, Vincent Herring, and the Frank Foster Loud Minority Big Band. 7:30, 9:30, and 11:30. $30.

Saturday, October 3: Legendary cornetist Bobby Bradford makes a rare New York appearance with a Quintet featuring David Murray, Marty Ehrlich, Mark Dresser and Andrew Cyrille. Special FONT-sponsored event, not to be missed. 7:30, 9:30, and 11:30. $30.

Sunday, October 4: Bobby Bradford returns with an Octet featuring David Murray, fellow trumpeter Baikida Carroll, Benny Powell on trombone, and James Weidman on piano. 7:30 and 9:30. $30.

FONT celebrates the extraordinary contributions Bobby Bradford has made to the creative music community for over fifty years: his clarion sound on both the trumpet and cornet, the conceptual vibrancy of his improvisations and compositions, and the gentle wisdom of his mentorship to countless artists. Come out and see this master present his music at a rare NY club appearance.

Also catch:

Saturday, October 3rd: 5:00 - 6:30pm, FREE
*Sam Ash Music, 60 West 48th St., NYC 10036*

Dave Douglas with Peter Evans and Nate Wooley: Extended Techniques for Trumpet - a Discussion and Demonstration. See and hear how new sounds are being created, and how they are being applied to new music.

FREE: Registration required, by e-mailing fontmusic@gmail.com.

FONT presents New Trumpet Underground 2009

CORNELIA STREET CAFÉ
29 Cornelia Street, NYC, New York    212-989-9319
http://www.corneliastreetcafe.com
between West 4th and Bleecker Sts, Greenwich Village
1 Subway to Sheridan Square; A, C, E, B, D, V, F to West 4th St.
Contact: Jim Eigo, Jazz Promo Services, 845-986-1677, jazzpromo@earthlink.net

FONT presents
New Trumpet Underground 2009
Cornelia Street Café
June 26-28
$10 per set or $15 per night

Fri  Jun 26
9:00PM   FONT FESTIVAL
(Greg Bobulinski G-Men; Josh Berman's Old Idea; Leron Thomas Group)
9:00PM
Greg Bobulinski G-Men
Greg Bobulinski, trumpet & flugelhorn; Daniel A. Weiss, organ; Tom Kirchmer, bass; Ed Balsamo, drums

Donald P. Borchert dedicates his newest nonfiction book, Free For All (Virgin Books): “To Greg Bobulinski, jazz trumpet extraordinaire, who reminds us that life is not merely endless commerce.”

Greg Bobulinski’s professional career began at age 13 and has been going strong for nearly five decades. He has worked with many of the greatest names in jazz history from Clark Terry to Red Garland to Big Nick Nicholas; from the JVC/Newport Jazz Festival to the Louis Armstrong House to Saint Peter’s Church; from solo trumpet to full orchestra, throughout the world. Greg has been composing original music for over 40 years and has been the recipient of the National Endowment for the Arts, Meet the Composer, and American Music Center fellowships.

Greg Bobulinski is very proud to take part in the 2009 Festival of New Trumpet Music. Directly applying his long and fruitful experience, JAZZ EXPANSIONIST – GREG BOBULINSKI is a trumpet explorer bringing improvised/expressive trumpet soloing and composition into many diversified arenas of music: classical, Latin, opera, a cappella choir, Native American, religious services, cyclical pieces, poetry, etc. This evening, he will be joined by his longtime friends, colleagues, and performers for the past 25 years: Daniel A. Weiss, Tom Kirchmer, and Ed Balsamo. The evening also marks the release of Greg’s newest CD – Greg Bobulinski G-Men on the Squire Music Media International label.

www.bagofjazz.com

Fri 10:00PM
Josh Berman's Old Idea
Josh Berman, cornet; Keefe Jackson, tenor saxophone; Jason Adasiewicz, vibraphone; Anton Hatwich, bass; Frank Rosaly, drums

Josh Berman is a cornetist, composer, and music presenter living in Chicago. For almost 10 years, Josh has been a pivotal member of Chicago's vital improvised music community. He has been featured on recordings with the Chicago-Luzern Exchange alongside tenor saxophonist Keefe Jackson, with Jackson’s big and small bands Project Project and Fast Citizens, with Jason Adasiewicz’s quintet Rolldown, and Rob Mazurek’s Exploding Star Orchestra. His band, Old Idea, has just released a self-titled CD/LP on Delmark Records. Old Idea continues Berman's long musical association with Keefe Jackson, Jason Adasiewicz, Anton Hatwich, and Frank Rosaly.
www.myspace.com/joshbermanchicago

Fri 11:00PM
Leron Thomas Group
Leon Thomas, trumpet & vocals; Mike Moreno, guitar; Mike Severson, guitar; TBA, drums; TBA, bass

Leron Thomas (originally from Houston, Texas) graduated from NYC’s New School in 2003, known for his identifiable personal sound on the trumpet and his cleverly-written jazz compositions. Leron has played with Billy Harper, Bobby Watson, Roy Hargrove, Lauren Hill, Mos Def, and Bilal, amongst many others. He has performed his material with bands throughout Manhattan, staying focused on developing as a jazz composer and trumpet player but grew tired of the politics and lack of quality music within the New York jazz scene. With a love of music of all genres, alongside the scene’s general lack of support, Leron found ways to liberate himself through a natural, fluid progression into writing and performing what would be known as his ‘other’ music. This genre-less music incorporated jazz, rock, pop, country, electro-pop, and blues. Leron wrote these compositions and played his individual personal tone through his trumpet, while his unique vocals emphasized the diverse sound. His crossover talents were recognized by many, including the New York Times, gaining a favorable review and consistent support. Leron continues to stay true to his art and the objective of bringing real music to the people, with the recent independently-released Improvsensation.

www.allaboutjazz.com/leronthomas
www.myspace.com/leronthomas

Cover $10 per set/$15 per night
http://www.fontmusic.org

Saturday, June 27

9:00PM
FONT FESTIVAL
(Nadje Noordhuis Quartet; Jordan McLean Trio; Search)
9:00PM
Nadje Noordhuis Quartet (*FONT commission*)
Nadje Noordhuis, trumpet & flugelhorn; Mike Holober, piano; Matt Wigton, bass; Rohin Khemani, drums & tabla


Australian trumpet/flugelhorn player Nadje Noordhuis is becoming known for her lyrical invention and warm, rich tone. A semi-finalist in the prestigious 2007 Thelonious Monk Jazz Trumpet Competition, she has assembled a number of diverse ensembles that perform in intimate jazz clubs, formal concert series, as well as for private events at the Australian Consulate and United Nations. Nadje has been awarded a 2009 FONT Commission to write new music specifically for the trumpet. This work will be premiered by her trumpet, piano, bass, and percussion quartet and will emphasize the classical and jazz traditions of irresistible beauty, fluid melodic lines, and group interplay. Based in New York for the past six years, Nadje is a regular member of many young-composer big bands as well as the acclaimed Diva Jazz Orchestra. She has performed at numerous jazz festivals in Germany, France, Croatia, Australia, Asia, USA, and Canada; at venues including Blue Note New York, Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, and Birdland; and has shared the stage with celebrated artists including Tom Harrell, Dave Liebman, and Carmen Bradford. An eclectic composer, Nadje has written and performed music for short films as well as exploratory new music duos with glass percussion instruments. She holds a Masters degree in jazz trumpet from Manhattan School of Music.

www.nadjenoordhuis.com

Sat 10:00PM
Jordan McLean's Piano Music & Song Trio
Jordan McLean, trumpet & flugelhorn; Derin Oge, piano; Anneke Schaul-Yoder, cello

The music of Federico Mompou sets the artistic direction of this play-any-where chamber group. Music of Charles Ives, Samuel Barber, the 12th-15th centuries, Siberian and Turkish folk songs, and Mr. McLean's original work round out the groups' repertoire.

Performances include concerts at John Zorn's Stone, The Anthroposophical Society of New York, Renaissant Arts' SoHo Salon, and private homes, cafés, and clubs around the greater NY Metropolitan Area. Internationally-recognized trumpeter, composer, and orchestrator Jordan Mclean is joined by fellow SUNY Purchase alum Anneke Schaul-Yoder and Derin Oge on a busy performance schedule as they prepare to record the group's second album later this year.

www.fireofspace.com

Sat 11:00PM
Search: RJ Avallone, trumpet & wooden flutes; Matt Maley, saxophones & clarinet; David Moss, bass; TBA, drums

As recently described by All About Jazz, “Search’s sound and vibe conveys and signals an air of maturity that's rather uncanny for such a young band. The artists project a distinct sound into these largely, memorable and astutely engineered compositions, teeming with gobs of depth and snaking movements.” Their original compositions, based on motifs, characters, and organic thought, create new worlds of color, depth, tangibility, and exhilaration. The music becomes a theater of sound, taking audiences on a trip of the imagination across time and space, where anything is not only possible, but likely.

www.searchforthepresent.com

Cover $10 per set/$15 per night
http://www.fontmusic.org

Sun  Jun 28
FONT FESTIVAL
8:30PM
Clarino: Thomas Heberer, quarter-tone trumpet; Joachim Badenhorst, clarinets


Clarino is the duet of quarter-tone trumpeter Thomas Heberer and clarinetist Joachim Badenhorst. The duet's name refers to the close association of the two instruments. The clarinet (literally translated: "little clarino") took on the high trumpet (a.k.a. clarino) parts in baroque music after the art of the clarino died out in the 19th century. Additionally, the rediscovered clarino techniques influence the trumpet embouchure advocated by Thomas. Check out his essay on trumpet mechanics on his website www.thomasheberer.com.

Sharing the same musical vision, Thomas and Joachim have absorbed the traditions of jazz, improvised, and contemporary classical music resulting in personal instrumental styles that incorporate both traditional and extended techniques like circular breathing, micro-tonality, and multiphonics.

Thomas Heberer, born 1965 in Germany, living in NYC since 2008, winner of numerous awards, has been at the forefront of creative improvised music for the last 20 years. Having worked with nearly everybody in the field, he is probably best known for his work with Misha Mengelberg's ICP, Alexander von Schlippenbach, and bassist Dieter Manderscheid.

Joachim Badenhorst, born 1981 in Belgium, divides his time between New York and Belgium. He is active in numerous projects as a co-leader: Mogil (Iceland), Red Rocket (Ireland), Rawfishboys (France), Ploug/Pettersen/Badenhorst (Denmark), and Ryan Blotnick Group (New York). Joachim is a member of the Han Bennink trio.

www.thomasheberer.com
www.myspace.com/joachimbadenhorst

9:30PM
Russ Johnson Quartet
Russ Johnson, trumpet; Jacob Sacks, keyboard; Eivind Opsvik, bass; Rudy Royston, drums

Brooklyn-based trumpeter Russ Johnson is an active performer in the jazz, improvised, and contemporary classical music scenes throughout the U.S. and abroad. In addition to leading his own groups, and co-leading The Other Quartet and New Math, Russ is currently touring as a member of Lee Konitz's New Nonet and the Steve Swallow/Ohad Talmor "L'Histoire du Clochard" sextet. In addition, Russ has performed with a long list of musical heavyweights including Kenny Wheeler, Bill Frisell, Joe Lovano, David Liebman, Joe Maneri, Oliver Lake, Myra Melford, Anthony Davis, Brian Blade, Tony Malaby, Jenny Scheinman, and Mat Maneri.

For the FONT 2009, Russ is premiering a new set of music featuring three of New York's most creative musicians: Jacob Sacks on keyboard, Eivind Opsvik on bass, and Rudy Royston on drums.

www.russjohnsonmusic.com

Cover $10 per set/$15 per night
http://www.fontmusic.org

FESTIVAL OF NEW TRUMPET MUSIC (FONT) in NYC

Nabate Isles- for the Grateful Web

Director/curator Dave Douglas, along with curators Taylor Ho Bynum and Jeremy Pelt, proudly announce the 2008 Festival of New Trumpet Music - aka FONT Music, taking place September 13-28, 2008!  The three day series NEW TRUMPET UNDERGROUND at Cornelia Street Cafe is curated by Taylor Ho Bynum.

Thursday, Sep 18

8:30PM Hooper-Piccarillo Group

Hooper Piccalero, Lauren Strobel & Danilo Henriquez, trumpet; Matt Plummer, trombone/bass trombone; Derek Beckvold, baritone sax

9:30PM Rich Johnson's Up the Turret Mil

Rich Johnson, trumpet/laptop; Aaron Jennings, guitar; Eivind Opsvik, bass

11PM Lewis Barnes' Hampton Roads

Lewis Barnes, trumpet; Rob Brown, alto sax; Darius Jones, alto sax; Todd Nicholson, bass; Warren Smith, drums

Lewis Barnes' Hampton Roads

Most directly influenced by Miles Davis, Kenny Dorham, Booker Little, and Thad Jones, Lewis Barnes is Virginia born, City of New York reared and a Howard University graduate. He creates music with bassist William Parker's critically acclaimed quartet (which includes Rob Brown on saxophone and Hamid Drake on drums), The Little Huey Orchestra, and The Inside The Songs of Curtis Mayfield project (with Amiri Baraka, Leena Conquest, Darryl Foster, Sabir Mateen, and Dave Burrell). He also contributes his trumpet to Greg Tate's collective Burnt Sugar, which includes a host of tremendous and outstanding musicians. Lewis has also worked and/or recorded with saxophonist Jemeel Moondoc, guitarist Jean-Paul Bourelly, The Holmes Brothers, Norah Jones, drummer William Hooker, the JC Hopkins Biggish Band, Chris Becker, Noizland, and numerous other musical projects. He's written and recorded original music for two films by Actress/Cinematographer Sandye Wilson, "So Many Things to Consider" and "Notsoprivatethoughts."

Rich Johnson's Up the Turret Mil

Celebrating the release of his first solo recording for Loyal Label, Johnson will be playing music from his new CD with help from the electronic-acoustic duo "Opsvik & Jennings." "Up the Turret Mil" is a mix of trumpets, guitars, and pianos with laptop glitch, sampling, and musique concrète. Many of the songs began as experiments with laptop and electronic-acoustic treatments on the trumpet, and bridge Johnson's many influences – from free jazz to folk music. Based in NYC since 1998, Johnson plays in a wide variety of groups from British style brass bands, laptop duos, big bands, Brazilian music, brass quintet, and free jazz freak-outs. Originally from northern Minnesota, Johnson began studying classical trumpet in grade school and came to New York to study jazz. Johnson has contributed as a sideman to a number of projects including Jason Rigby's critically acclaimed 2006 recording, "Translucent Space," Ryan Green & Scott Anderson's "Tive Razão," and Opsvik & Jennings' "Commuter Anthems" on the Rune Grammofon label.

Hooper-Piccarillo Group

Unafraid of either complexity, repetition, silence or lyricism, Hooper Piccalero creates refreshing musical landscapes. The Boston-based quartet "specializes in textural scrabbles reminiscent of early Art Ensemble sides, as well as quirky spoken-word oriented pieces like 'What the Fuck,' in which the title is ritualistically repeated like some kind of Balinese monkey chant" (Time Out NY).

Drawing from influences including the aforementioned Art Ensemble of Chicago and Sun Ra, Hooper Piccalero uses spoken word and theater in many of their compositions. In their piece "No Vignettes", they phone NPR host Steve Inskeep. In other compositions, they involve the audience with in-concert surveys or directly with musical contributions.

Hooper Piccalero is comprised of four classically-trained musicians; their vocabulary of extended techniques affords the opportunity for pyrotechnic displays but also beautiful melodic statements. Their repertoire is mostly original, consisting of a variety of composed material, graphic scores and game pieces—but it also includes pieces by John Zohn, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Christian Wolff and Norman Bolter.

Hooper Piccalero members have performed or recorded with Art Lande, Anthony Coleman, Slavic Soul Party, the DaHa Orchestra (lead by Andrew D'Angelo and Curtis Hasselbring), Summit Brass, Cleo Parker Robinson dance, the Rubblebucket Orchestra and timba band La Bolá.

Performing throughout North America, Hooper Piccalero has played at the Stone and the Jalopy Theater in New York; NOW Series in Toronto; Jordan Hall, the Lily Pad, and the Boston Public Library in Boston; Radio Bean in Burlington; the Hotcakes Gallery in Milwaukee; and the Ennui Cafe in Chicago.

Friday, Sep 19

8:30PM Chris DiMeglio's Imaginary Sextet - *FONT commission*

Chris DiMeglio, trumpet; Jason Kao Hwang, violin; Dave Miller, drums; Ras Moshé,tenor saxophone/flute; Todd Nicholson, bass; Catherine Sikora, tenor & soprano saxophones

9:30PM Scott Tinkler's Antipodean Collective

Scott Tinkler, trumpet; Carl Dewhurst, guitar; Ken Edie, drums

11PM John McNeil/Bill McHenry Quartet

John McNeil, trumpet; Bill McHenry, tenor sax; Joe Martin, bass; Jochen Rueckert, drums

Chris DiMeglio's Imaginary Sextet

Chris DiMeglio is a trumpeter, composer, and vocalist living in Astoria, Queens. He has performed with Daniel Carter, Steve Dalachinsky, François Grillot, Jason Kao Hwang, Daniel Levin, Nate McBride, Frank Rosaly, Blaise Siwula, Steve Swell, and at the Festival of New Trumpet Music, the Protest Heaven Jazz and Improvised Music Series, the RUCMA Series, the Aperto New Music Series, and on WKCR's Live Constructions show. His first recording as a leader, "The Open Field," was recorded in July 2007 and will be released in September 2008. Chris' new Imaginary Sextet consists of musicians who were invited to share their unique and beautiful musical personalities. The music—commissioned by FONT Music—is largely through-composed and blurs some of the lines between composition and improvisation. Chris will probably sing at some point too.

Scott Tinkler's Antripodean Collective

Improvising powerhouse and all round fire-starter Scott Tinkler heads to NY to perform exclusively at FONT this September. Joining him are fellow Australians Carl Dewhurst on guitar and Ken Edie on drums, forming what has to be one of the Australia's most incendiary trios. Scott has performed and recorded with the likes of Branford Marsalis, Joe Lovano, Tony Malaby, Jeff Watts, Mark Helias and Billy Harper but is best known for his many CD releases as a leader.

"Tinkler has the best tone, technique, articulation and inventiveness of any Australian trumpeter I've ever heard.....For sheer bursting excitement there can be few anywhere to match him" - John Clare SMH

"Above all there was the trumpet of Tinkler. He ripped at the harmonic fabric of Angel with tiny, impossibly poignant cries and on Circle of Trust alternated blasts of white light with great smears of sonic emotion. This was Australian jazz at its best." - John Shand SMH

John McNeil/Bill McHenry Quartet

 

John McNeil is regarded as one of the most original and creative jazz artists in the world today. For over three decades John has toured with his own groups and has received widespread acclaim as both a player and composer. His highly personal trumpet style communicates across the full range of contemporary jazz, and his compositions combine harmonic freedom with melodic accessibility. John's restless experimentation has kept him on the cutting edge of new music and has kept him from being easily categorized.

 

Although his background includes such mainstream jazz groups as the Horace Silver Quintet, Gerry Mulligan, and the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra, John is equally at home in free and structured settings. This stylistic versatility has put him on stage with such disparate artists as Slide Hampton and John Abercrombie, and shows itself in the combination of free and structured elements found in his CDs recorded on the OmniTone label from 2003 to '06.

 

Rediscovery, John's latest release (co-led with fellow individualist and tenor icon Bill McHenry), takes the free/structured approach to a different level as they redefine the harmonic boundaries of a number of forgotten or neglected jazz classics.

 

Saturday, Sep 20

 

8:30PM Nabaté Isles + 5  *FONT commission*

Nabaté Isles, trumpet/flugelhorn; Jaleel Shaw, alto saxophone/flute; Stacy Dillard, tenor & soprano saxophones; Manuel Valera, keyboards; Matt Clohesy, bass; Johnathan Blake, drums

9:30PM Phil Slater Quartet

Phil Slater, trumpet; Jim Black, drums; Chris Tordini, bass; Carl Dewhurst, guitar

11PM John Carlson's Buzz

John Carlson, trumpet; Frank Carlberg, piano; Eric Hipp, tenor sax; Shawn McGloin, bass; TBA, drums

 

Nabaté Isles + 5

 

Nabaté Isles + 5 exhibits a plethora of unique and versatile musicians who he's had the pleasure to work with for a few years. The set will feature a wide array of compositions by Nabaté, including a piece commissioned by the Festival of New Trumpet Music. Nabaté has performed and recorded with great artists including Mos Def, James Newton, Charli Persip, Steve Coleman, Ravi Coltrane, Lonnie Plaxico, Mike Longo, Oliver Lake, Christian McBride, Freda Payne, the Mingus Big Band, the José Limon Dance Company, and the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra. He is currently an adjunct professor of Music Technology at Bloomfield College and trumpet instructor at Jazz at Lincoln Center's prestigious Middle School Jazz Academy.

 

Phil Slater Quartet

 

Phil Slater is a trumpeter and composer based in Sydney, Australia. He is the leader or co-leader of several prominent Australian groups, including Band of Five Names and the Phil Slater Quartet. He has performed with various artists both in Australia and abroad, including Lou Reed, Bobby Previte, Jim Black, Barney McAll, Mike Nock, Missy Higgins, Karaikudi R. Mani, Paul Grabowsky and the Australian Art Orchestra. He has released two recordings as a leader: Strobe Coma Virgo (2002), and The Thousands (2007). Phil will be performing at Font 08 with Jim Black, Chris Tordini and Australian guitarist Carl Dewhurst.

 

John Carlson's Buzz

 

John Carlson is a jazz trumpet soloist, composer and clinician. He has achieved national recognition through tours and recordings with Grammy-nominated Either Orchestra, the Charlie Kohlhase Quintet, the Machito Orchestra, the Palladium Orchestra, the Ken Shaphorst Ensemble and the David Berkman/John Carlson Duo. A member of the band Slavic Soul Party, John is also co-leader of Dharma Nau, Perfumed Scorpion and leads the group Free Range Rat.

 

John has been on over twenty national tours as well as in Canada, Europe, and Japan. As a recording artist, John has been a featured soloist on over thirty albums and has performed and/or recorded with numerous jazz artists including Bob Brookmeyer, Julius Hemphill, Sam Rivers, Chocolate Armeteros, John Tchicai, Dave Liebman, George Garzone, Tito Puente, Mike Stern, Cab Calloway, Burton Green, Butch Morris, Warren Smith, Billy Hart, Jay Rosen, Douglas Yates, Joanne Brackeen, Matt Wilson, Armen Donelian and John Medeski.

 

"John Carlson is a magnificent trumpeter, able to move with equal grace in the realms of both Clifford Brown and Michael Ray….he displays a great improvisational command." - Robert Spencer, Cadence Magazine

 

John Carlson's Buzz is a shared improvisational force that performs compositional material from the past to the present, original and otherwise.