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CONCERTS IN TOWN – Festival of New Trumpet Music

Founded in 2002 by the adventurous trumpeter Dave Douglas and a clutch of like-minded fellow-artists, the festival known as “FONT” celebrates its fifteenth year with a customarily far-flung range of performers representing jazz, classical music, Balkan traditions, and more. Presented at Manhattan and Brooklyn venues, events include an opening celebration with the groove-oriented ensembles High and Mighty Brass Band and Slavic Soul Party; a starry FONT retrospective; two evenings devoted to new music by Keyon Harrold, a bright young St. Louis trumpeter with impressive credentials in jazz and hip hop; and two more featuring the collaborative big band Wing Walker Orchestra.

Sept 8, 2017 – The New Yorker

Pop, Rock and Jazz in NYC This Week

FESTIVAL OF NEW TRUMPET MUSIC at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola (Sept. 11- 12).
Since 2003, the trumpeter Dave Douglas has led the Festival of New Trumpet Music, an ecumenical celebration hitting its 15th year this week, with events on seven straight nights. Highlights include a five-trumpeter conclave on Saturday at the Stone’s glass box at the New School; an award ceremony and panel discussion on Sunday honoring Charles Tolliver, the postbop trumpeter; and this two-night run featuring Keyon Harrold, Marquis Hill and Maurice Brown, trumpeters who mine the fault line between funk, hip-hop and straight-ahead jazz.

Sept 7, 2017 – NY Times

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.»

Sept 23, 2016 – DownBeat (Brian Zimmerman)

A selected guide to jazz performances in New York City

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.

Sept 23, 2016 – The New York Times (Nate Chinen)

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.

Sept 19, 2016 – The Village Voice

New Yorker Goings on About Town

FONT: Festival of New Trumpet Music

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.

Sept 19, 2016 – The New Yorker

10 Things to do Now in NY: Listen to the Latest in Brass Stylings

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

Sept 16, 2016 – The New York Times (Nate Chinen)

Pop and Jazz Fall Preview: 105 Albums, Shows and Festivals

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.

Sept 16, 2016 – The New York Times (Nate Chinen)

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.

Sept 15, 2016 – The New York Times (Nate Chinen)

Mega Jazz Action Coming To New York This Fall

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.

Sept 8, 2016 – The Huffington Post (Dan Ouellette, ZEALnyc‘s Senior Editor)