Hill & Trumpet Peers Offer Captivating Set at FONT
«The shifting constellation of players—which sometimes paired trumpeters from opposite stylistic backgrounds—brought forth the best from each trumpeter. As they sparred and conversed, the bandstand radiated with tangible energy, making real the notion that these musicians clearly inspire — and are inspired by — each other.»
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FESTIVAL OF NEW TRUMPET MUSIC (through Sunday) This annual convocation of trumpet-centric progressivism, rooted in but not restricted to the jazz tradition, concludes with several special programs, like a Friday concert titled “Explorations in New Brass Music,” in an auditorium at the New School (66 West 12th Street). “Night of Large Ensembles,” in the same room on Saturday, will feature the premiere of “Rosa Parks — Oratorio,” by Wadada Leo Smith, as well as the Taylor Ho Bynum PlusTet. And a ceremony and performance honoring John McNeil, in a smaller New School space on Sunday, will feature (among others) the festival’s founder, Dave Douglas. A full festival schedule is at fontmusic.org.
Wadada Leo Smith
The visionary trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith has been musically ruminating on Rosa Parks’s civil rights legacy since at least 2005. He dedicated a Miles-inspired track to her on that year’s Tabligh and regaled her resistance later with “Rosa Parks and the Montgomery Bus Boycott, 381 Days” on 2012’s Ten Freedom Summers. Here, as part of the Festival of New Trumpet Music (following a set by Taylor Ho Bynum’s fifteen-piece PlusTet ensemble), Smith premieres “Rosa Parks — Oratorio, 6 Songs With Video” for a twelve-piece ensemble featuring Smith and fellow trumpeters Ted Daniel, Hugh Ragin, and Graham Haynes. Smith’s “Parks” fascination continues next month with the release of America’s National Parks, a six-part suite dedicated to public landscapes including Yellowstone, Yosemite, and New Orleans’ National Culture Park.
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This bracing sixteen-year-old festival, founded by the Grammy winner Dave Douglas, often blasts its way past boundaries; one of the final events is the “Night of Large Ensembles.” “Rosa Parks,” a six-part oratorio with video by Wadada Leo Smith, is a meditation on civil rights for a twelve-piece group that includes Smith’s fellow-trumpeters Ted Daniel, Hugh Ragin, and Graham Haynes. Also on offer is the New York début of PlusTet, a fifteen-strong ensemble led by the free-jazz cornettist and composer Taylor Ho Bynum, which will perform a generous selection of music from its new album, on Firehouse 12 Records.
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Festival of New Trumpet Music
This annual convocation of trumpet-centric progressivism, rooted in, but not restricted to, the jazz tradition, begins with a two-night subseries titled Visionaries, at Threes Brewing in Gowanus, Brooklyn, featuring players like Shane Endsley and Nadje Noordhuis. Another series, Signatures in Brass, will be hosted by Marquis Hill on Wednesday and Thursday at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, with trumpeters including Ingrid Jensen, Theo Croker, Maurice Brown, Jason Palmer and Darren Barrett. NATE CHINEN
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FESTIVAL OF NEW TRUMPET MUSIC The 14th convocation of trumpet-centric progressivism is titled “Flexus,” after an instructional book by John McNeil and Laurie Frink (it will include a panel on the subject, and an award for Mr. McNeil). But there will also be a clutch of up-and-comers appearing at Threes Brewing in Brooklyn; a “Signatures in Brass” series organized by Marquis Hill, at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola; and a “New Dimensions” concert at the New School, featuring Wadada Leo Smith and Taylor Ho Bynum. Sept. 19 through 25. fontmusic.org.
The annual Festival of New Trumpet Music, featuring Shane Endsley, returns on Monday
(Monday through Sept. 25) This annual convocation of trumpet-centric progressivism, rooted in, but not restricted to, the jazz tradition, begins with a two-night subseries titled Visionaries, at Threes Brewing in Brooklyn (at 333 Douglass Street, between Third and Fourth Avenues, Gowanus). It features players like Shane Endsley and Nadje Noordhuis. Another series, Signatures in Brass, will be hosted by Marquis Hill on Wednesday and Thursday at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola (at 60th and Broadway), with trumpeters including Ingrid Jensen, Theo Croker, Maurice Brown, Jason Palmer and Darren Barrett. A full festival schedule is at fontmusic.org.
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On the festival tip, FONT (Festival of New Trumpet) Music, directed by superstar trumpeter Dave Douglas, presents a weeklong celebration of the new music being created by the community of brass players in New York and beyond (Sept. 19-25). A go-to event since 2003, FONT Music marks its first year collaborating with JALC’s Dizzy’s club in presenting shows. Other shows take place at The New School and Threes Brewing in Brooklyn. Special guests include John McNeil, honored this year with FONT’s Award of Recognition, and one evening called Signatures in Brass, curated by Marquis Hill, winner of the 2014 Thelonious Monk International Trumpet Competition. A highlight: the Night of Large Ensembles at New School on Sept. 24 with Wadada Leo Smith with his 12-piece ensemble and Taylor Ho Bynum and his 15-piece Plus Tet.