Thursday, September 24

“Without a Frame” @ Rockwood Music Hall 3 
8:30pm - $15
Curated by: Stephanie Richards and CJ Camereri
Featuring works by Gabriel Kahane, Nico Muhly, Mick RossiGreg Saunier and performances by yMusic, Gareth FlowersBrandon Ridenour, and Asphalt Orchestra.                                                                       

Friday, September 25

8pm  – $20 – Purchase Tickets Here!
Thomas Bergeron Ensemble will perform new arrangements of Olivier Messiaen’s music from his new album “Sacred Feast” featuring Becca Stevens.                                                                      

Saturday, September 26

“Signatures in Brass”Jazz Gallery
7:30 & 9:30pm - $22 – Purchase Tickets Here!
Curated by: Marquis Hill

  • Marquis Hill, Phillip Dizack, Keyon Harrold, Billy Buss, Josh Evans & Ingrid Jenson – Trumpet
    Theo Hill – Piano
    Eric Wheeler – Bass
    Obed Calvaire – Drums
    Kendall Moore – Commissioned Composer

Sunday, September 27

The Jonathan Powell Latin Jazz Sextet @ Blue Note Brunch
11:30AM & 1:30 PM – $TBD

  • Jonathan Powell – trumpet and flugelhorn
    Louis Fouché – alto sax
    Manuel Valera – piano and keys
    Ricky Rodriguez – bass
    Henry Cole – drums
    TBA – percussion

“Blast of Brass” @  Brooklyn Children’s Museum
12pm – FREE
Directed by: Jesse Neuman
Free event for children.

  • Jesse Neuman – Trumpet
    Elizabeth Frascoia – Trombone
    Joe Exley – Tuba
    Brian Adler – percussion

“Visionaries – Night 1″Downtown Music Gallery
$10 – Purchase Tickets Here!
Curated by: Aaron Shragge
7pm Chad McCullough & The Spin Quartet

  • Chad McCullough – Trumpet
    Geof Bradfield – Sax
    Clark Sommers – Bass
    Dana Hall – Drums

8pm John Blevins & MATTERHORN

  • John Blevins – Trumpet
    Jeff McLaughlin – Guitar
    Marty Kenney – Bass
    Nathan Ellman-Bell – Drums

9pm Leo Hardman-Hill

Monday, September 28

Masterclass w/ Eddie HendersonThe New School
4pm  – FREE
55 West 13th Street – Jazz Performance Space, 4th Floor

“Visionaries – Night 2″Downtown Music Gallery
$10 – Purchase Tickets Here!
Curated by: Nate Wooley
7pm Jaimie Branch & “Illionairés”

  • Jaimie Branch – Trumpet
    Anthony Pirog – Guitar
    Jason Ajemian – Bass

8pm Joe Moffett – Solo Trumpet

9pm Brandon Lewis

  • Brandon Lewis – Trumpet
    Kevin Theodore – Keyboard
    Ben Carr – Bass
    David Frazier Jr. – Drums

Tuesday, September 29

Eddie Henderson Panel & Concert/FONT Music Award of Recognition The New School
7pm – Panel – FREE – 55 West 13th Street – Hirshorn Suite, 2nd floor
8pm – Concert/Award Recognition – $20 – 55 West 13th Street – Theresa Lang Community and Student Center, Arnhold Hall, 2nd floor

Check back regularly for updates including personnel, advance ticket orders and more info on the artists!

Meet FONT Music 2015 Curator: Aaron Shragge


Photo Credit: Erika Kapin

Last Monday, we posted an article featuring trumpeter and 2015 FONT Music Curator, Nate Wooley discussing his view of “Visionary” as he is curating one of two nights during the FONT Music 2015 called “Visionaries”.  The other night, Sunday September 27, is hosted and curated by trumpeter and FONT Music’s Secretary, Aaron Shragge.  Aaron himself is quite a visionary in the modern/creative music and trumpet world as you’ll read and hear below.

A Note from Aaron:
The term ‘visionary’ can be a difficult to define. For that reason I think it’s all the more important to search deeply and find a way to actualize its essence. The artists that I’ve chosen for this series (Chad McCullough, John Blevins, Leo Hardman-Hill) are all wonderful examples of the unity and diversity of the trumpet. I feel they have each committed themselves to the visionary path by continuing to search for their own unique musical voice without being swayed by convention or novelty.


Photo Credit: Erika Kapin

More About Aaron:
Aaron is active in the NYC improvised/creative music scene and serves on the board of Festival of New Trumpet Music NY/Canada. His unique instrument the Dragon Mouth Trumpet was designed to expand the trumpet’s melodic capacity and is the result of over a decade of studying both the Shakuhachi (Japanese, Flute) as well as North Indian Vocals. Aaron Shragge’s current projects include a duo with Ben Monder, a Jazz quintet that plays the music of Tom Waits and his continuing solo works for Dragon Mouth Trumpet/Shakuhachi.


Find out more about Aaron at his website:

Listen to Aaron play solo on his uniquely designed instrument, Dragon Mouth Trumpet:

Be sure to check out the updated listings of FONT Music Festival 2015 Here!

Catching Up with Victor Haskins – FONT ’14 Alumni

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Victor Haskins performing ImproviStory at IBeam, 2014 FONT Music Festival

Victor Haskins, was a featured artist at last year’s FONT Music Festival where he presented his unique musical concept “ImproviStory” at IBeam. Last November, Victor brought his concept to a larger platform as he introduced it on a Tedx Talk at Virginia Commonwealth University.  The video was just released last week, which we have posted below. A year after his performance we asked Victor to catch us up with ImproviStory and what he’s up to currently.

A Note from Victor:
“Currently, I am working on getting ImproviStory in front of different audiences, especially in the context of education for kids.  In addition, I have been writing music for and developing new concepts for my band, formerly the Victor Haskins Trio, which is now called Victor Haskins’ Skein.  We will have our first performance in a long time at the Richmond Jazz Festival on August 9, which works out to be a big bang of a return to performing.  And besides music, I am now also a salsa dance instructor–I started dancing salsa in December of 2014 and I fell in love with it. It’s been and continues to be an awesome addition to my life!

ImproviStorVictor press shoty is a new genre of music I created which combines improvisation, audience interaction, and storytelling to generate unique musical experiences.  It is a concept that I developed as a result of trying to find a way to connect with audiences in an improvisational setting where nobody needed to “understand” anything about music to appreciate and relate to what was being played.  Instead, those present during the performance use their imaginations to access and control the direction of the where the music goes and what it means, thus involving the audience in a deeper way than they would normally be involved with a musical exhibition.

Because of this universal connectivity and engagement capability, I figured that this idea would be even more valuable as an educational tool to encourage people—specifically kids—to think more creatively (counter to what the U.S. school system typically promotes—cramming info to take a test).  So for the last 8 months or so, I have been doing ImproviStory in educational settings for kids in school.  This has greatly expanded the possibilities of the applications of my concept in ways that can only have been discovered through live practice of ImproviStory for a variety of real audiences in different situations.  There are some exciting things on the horizon for this new music, so to stay abreast of where it goes next.”

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Victor speaking at Tedx Talk – Virginia Commonwealth University (November 2014):

Meet FONT Music 2015 Curator: NATE WOOLEY

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Nate Wooley

On September 28, the FONT Music Festival will be hosting one of two nights featuring three trumpet “Visionaries” on the jazz scene today including Joe Moffett, Jaimie Branch and Leo Hardman-Hill (more on them in coming blog posts) at Downtown Music Gallery (Purchase tickets here).  Curating the evening is another leading voice in creative trumpet world, Nate Wooley.  We wanted to give a quick spotlight on this unique voice in the trumpet world and hear his thoughts on his curatorial picks and his idea of “Visionary”:

A Note from Nate:

“The term “visionary” comes with a lot of baggage. Who is to say which ways of thinking will prove to be visionary and which will be well intentioned ideas that never quite make it. For that very reason there are many that don’t take the opportunity to find their own musical and aesthetic limits, whether it is with the idea of staking a claim as a “visionary” or not. The three trumpet players I chose for this series are the ones that are taking the chance and are heavily engaged in an attempt to push beyond the already possible systems of playing to form a new one that is best suited to who they are and what they think.”

More about Nate:

Nate Wooley was born in 1974 in Clatskanie, Oregon, a town of 2,000 people in the timber country of the Pacific Northwestern corner of the U.S. He began playing trumpet professionally with his father, a big band saxophonist, at the age of 13. He moved to New York in 2001, and has since become one of the most in-demand trumpet players in the burgeoning Brooklyn jazz, improv, noise, and new music scenes.  He has performed regularly with such icons as John Zorn, Anthony Braxton, Eliane Radigue, Ken Vandermark, Fred Frith, Evan Parker, and Yoshi Wada, as well as being a collaborator with some of the brightest lights of his generation like Chris Corsano, C. Spencer Yeh, Peter Evans, and Mary Halvorson.

Wooley’s solo playing has often been cited as being a part of an international revolution in improvised trumpet.  Along with Peter Evans and Greg Kelley, Wooley is considered one of the leading lights of the American movement to redefine the physical boundaries of the horn, as well as demolishing the way trumpet is perceived in a historical context still overshadowed by Louis Armstrong.  A combination of vocalization, extreme extended technique, noise and drone aesthetics, amplification and feedback, and compositional rigor has led one reviewer to call his solo recordings “exquisitely hostile”.

To find out more about Nate, visit:

Check out a video on Nate’s project with Ron Miles “Argonautica” here:

Be sure to check out the full schedule of 2015 FONT Music Festival Here!


Meet the FONT Board


Tr11-199x300aveling the spaces between new music, improvisation and performance art, Brooklyn-based trumpeter and composer Stephanie Richards examines the physical, visual and auditory interactions of live music performance. As reflected in her recently commissioned works, Rotations for twelve choreographed musicians and carousel organ and Trading Futures for six hundred choreographed found sound surfaces, Stephanie’s theatrical tendencies often result in compositional collaborations of sound, sight and movement.

Stephanie has become a prominent voice in experimental improvisation, collaborating with artists such as improvisational pioneers Henry Threadgill, Butch Morris, John Zorn and Anthony Braxton, composer Helmut Lachenmann and performance artists Mike Kelly and Yoko Ono.  As a founding member of Asphalt Orchestra, created by the new music collective Bang on a Can, Stephanie has worked with David Byrne, St. Vincent, Susan Marshall, Tyondai Braxton among others, and has also performed alongside Kronos Quartet, The Pixies, Kanye West, A-Trak and Common.

Championing new music, Stephanie has premiered her own works from stages as varied as Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center to smaller iconic stages at the Blue Note and The Stone. While her performances survey a panorama of musical genres ranging from free improvisation, jazz, hip hop, punk and contemporary classical music, it is the collaboration with space and surface that unifies Stephanie’s creative pursuits. She holds degrees from the Eastman School of Music, McGill University, California Institute of the Arts and has held residency at Stanford University. A recent addition to the faculty of music at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), Stephanie continues to encourage the performance and commissioning of jazz and new music as Vice-President of the Festival of New Trumpet (FONT).

The Doctor Is In: Eddie Henderson On Life As ‘The Funk Surgeon’

Eddie Henderson's latest album is Collective Portrait. Jimmy Katz/Courtesy of the artist

Eddie Henderson’s latest album is Collective Portrait.
Jimmy Katz/Courtesy of the artist


 Eddie Henderson had no choice. His mother was a dancer at the original Cotton Club, and counted Billie HolidayLena Horne and Sarah Vaughan as friends. His birth father was in a major vocal group, The Charioteers. And his stepfather was a doctor to the stars: Duke EllingtonCount BasieMiles DavisJohn ColtraneCannonball Adderly and more. With all of that talent surrounding him during childhood, he just had to turn out a jazz musician.


FONT Music Canada 2015 Highlights

Merci & Thank You for an amazing Festival!

Opening night of Festival of New Trumpet Music Canada 2015. Trumpet section of Altsys Jazz Orchestra plays Bill Mahar’s arrangement of Kenny Wheeler’s “Solo One”. From left to right on trumpet: Bill Mahar, Jocelyn Couture, Aaron Doyle. FONT Music Canada 2015 is dedicated to trumpeter/composer Kenny Wheeler.

FONT Music Canada 2015: Night 1 & 2 Highlights:

  • Jake Henry’s Sweet Talk: Jake Henry – trumpet, Dustin Carlson – guitar, Cody Brown – drums
  • Joes Sullivan Quintet: Joe Sullivan – trumpet, André Leroux – tenor sax, Andre White – piano, Dave Laing – drums.
  • Pink Saliva: Ellwood Epps -trumpet, Michel F Côté drums/microphones, Alexandre St-Onge electric bass/laptop.
  • Stephanie Richards’ Urban Survayor Project (NYC): Stephanie Richards trumpet, James Carney- piano, Sam Minaie -bass, Andrew Munsey – drums.

FONT Music Canada 2015: night 3 Highlights:

  • Frédéric Demers – trumpet & Sonia Paço-Rocchia – electronics.
  • Aaron Shragge -dragon mouth trumpet & Ben Monder Guitar
  • Ingrid Jensen quartet with Ben Monder – guitar, Fraser Hollins – bass, Greg Richie – drums.

Festival of New Trumpet Music Canada 2015 was dedicated to:


Kenny Wheeler (1930-2014)