FONT Music Interview: Shane Endsley


Trumpeter/Composer, Shane Endsley

When I was in college, a friend of mine played me a recording of Shane Endsley‘s composition Snake Pit from his debut album 2nd Guess. It was one of those addictive head-boppers for me, and at that time it was probably the coolest thing I had ever heard a trumpet player do. It wasn’t just the virtuosic trumpet playing that struck me. The structure of the compositions on that album were like nothing I had heard before. Like many of us trumpeters, Shane’s artistry became the doorway through which I was led to the mind-blowing world of Kneebody.

Snake Pit:


So you couldn’t make it out on March 30th?

No problem, we understand. Read all about it in the wonderful review by Jean Ballard Terepka of (CLICK HERE FOR REVIEW).
To the nearly 100 listeners who packed the room at The New School/Mannes: THANK YOU!!!!

Stay tuned as we release more videos and photos of the amazing night (see a few below from FONT Music Supporter Daniel G Hill)!

Also, soon to come, we’ll be announcing our 2016 Festival of New Trumpet Music Line Up – it’s truly going to be an amazing 6 days of music.

Block off your calendars now – Sept 19-25, 2016 – NYC!

Musically Yours,
The FONT Music Team
Dave Douglas, Stephanie Richards, Aaron Shragge,
Susan Ryan & Benje Daneman

All bow

Dave Dougls Meets The Westerlies – March 30, 2016 L to R: Dave Douglas, Zubin Hensler, Riley Mulherkar, Andy Clausen, Willem De Koch & Rudy Royston Photo Credit: Daniel G. Hill

Andy & Willem

Rudy Royston, Andy Clausen, Willem De Koch Photo Credit: Daniel G. Hill

Dave, Zubin, Riley

Dave Douglas, Zubin Hensler, Riley Mulherkar Photo Credit: Daniel G. Hill

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Dave Douglas Meets The Westerlies Photo Credit: Daniel G. Hill

TONIGHT – FONT MUSIC SPRING EVENT! Dave Douglas meets The Westerlies

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Rudy Royston, The Westerlies & Dave Douglas

Join us tonight at The New School where Dave Douglas and The Westerlies will be presenting their new collaboration with special guest, Rudy Royston. This event is free admission and not to be missed!

More info here

FONT Music Spring Event on March 30 in NYC: Dave Douglas Meets The Westerlies

1If you love the trumpet, are into great music and are anywhere near NYC, there’s no reason to miss this FREE special FONT Music Spring Event at
The New School on March 30th:

Dave Douglas Meets The Westerlies
(with Rudy Royston)

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“The Creative Imperative & FONT Music” By Dave Douglas

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Dave Douglas speaking at 2016 Jazz Connect Conference

Last month on January 14th, FONT Music Founder and President, Dave Douglas spoke at The Jazz Connect Conference on the founding and meaning behind The Festival of New Trumpet Music and the importance of encouraging creativity within our community. If you weren’t fortunate enough to attend, here is his transcript:

The Creative Imperative and FONT Music
(Talk originally given on January 14th, 2016 at The Jazz Connect Conference in New York City)
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2015 Festival in Review Video!

Click here to check out our YOUTUBE Page here – be sure to SUBSCRIBE so you’ll see all the new extended video we’ll be unveiling over the next few months! Continue reading

Catching Up with FONT Music Alum: David Smith

David-Smith-sofa We are delighted to present a very insightful chat with NYC based trumpeter, David Smith. A heavy presence on the NYC creative music and jazz scene, David is the whole package – composer, band leader, educator, performer, father, husband and all around great guy!  It’s a pleasure to dig into some heavy subjects with him on the trumpet, NYC’s current scene, recording and life – be sure to check out his group at ShapeShifter Lab on February 9th!   Continue reading

Three Sets Featuring Three FONT Music Alums – Dec. 15th!

While NYC is chock full of countless great jazz events every night, it’s not every night you get three sets of three great trumpeters in one place (outside of the actual Festival we put on every September!).  But next Tuesday, Dec 15, at ShapeShifter Lab in Brooklyn will be JUST that – and even better, all three trumpeters are FONT Music Alums!  Nadje Noordhuis (Four Time FONT Music performer, FONT Music Commission Awardee (2009) and Current Board Member), Josh Deutsch (FONT 2011/2012) and Riley Mulherkar (FONT 2013/2014 & 2014 and Laurie Frink Career Grant Recipient). Continue reading

We have much to be thankful for…

jazz_nov15_1We have much to be thankful for…

after an amazing festival in September which included 9 venues, 23 trumpeters, 14 bands, 4 new pieces of music, and over 500 people in attendance.  On this “Giving Tuesday” we humbly ask if you have a little more “Give” left in you to consider donating to FONT Music.  All proceeds go towards supporting new music by a diverse community of trumpet and brass players, and the presentation of their work to the public.

Thanks for all the love, support and music you all have given and supported,
We can’t wait to experience more with you all!

Dave Douglas Live Recording at The Jazz Standard – Nov 19-22

If you haven’t heard yet – FONT Music’s President, Dave
Douglas, is embarking on a what will likely be a historic 4 day, 8 set LIVE recording with his most recent Quintet Dave Live Recording(with Jon Irabagon, Matt Mitchell, Linda Oh and Rudy Royston) at The Jazz Standard in New York City, starting tomorrow November 19th until Sunday November 22nd.  They are fresh off a three continent tour with over four albums of Douglas’ music all memorized!  This will truly be a run you won’t want to miss. Continue reading