About the Festival


Music for Small, Medium and Massive kicks off the Festival of New Trumpet 2013 this year at Roulette. On September 10th, listeners will enjoy works by Christian Wolff with TILT brass and a premiere of Roy Cambell, Jr.’s FONT commissioned work with his Akhenaten
Large Ensemble.

The following evening audiences will experience a new work for six antiphonal trumpets by John Zorn. Remembrance of the remarkable and momentous pioneer of Conduction®, Lawrence D. “Butch” Morris, will be heard with the most sincere sentiments of his contemporaries, including J.A. Deane leading musicians Graham Haynes, Steph Richards, Taylor Ho Bynum, Kenny Wolleson, Brandon Ross and others. FONT’s Roulette series culminates with a massive charge of trumpet players from every corner of the hall performing the rarely experienced spacial work “Flight Over a Global Map” for 52 trumpets and percussion by Henry Brant as FONT celebrates the centennial anniversary of the composer’s birth.


Friday, September 14th, FONT Music and Village Zendo Arts come together in a unique collaboration presenting an evening of intimate and experimental music at the Village Zendo, 588 Broadway Suite 1108. The concert is part of an ongoing series “Villagers and Trumpet” that is inspired by a Zen parable in which villagers gain insight into there true nature through listening to a visitor play the trumpet.

8pm – RPE Duo Matt Postle -trumpet, Radek Rudnicki -electronics, explore interaction between trumpet and live electronics. The duo combines hip- hop with techno/dub in an experimental manner creating improvisations that slowly develop into dense noise or fragmented pieces. The music is accompanied by projected visuals images creating an enveloping multimedia experience.

9pm – Douglas Detrick’s Cartography Quartet explores the landscape of American music, from gospel to blues to traditional ballads through creative arrangements and original compositions drawing on Detrick’s background in jazz and chamber music. This performance of Douglas Detrick’s Cartography features the Cartography Quartet with Douglas on trumpet, Jonathan Goldberger on guitar, Tanya Kalmanovitch on viola, and Sara Schoenbeck on bassoon.

An amazing concert in an extremely unique venue not to be missed!


FONT will be back in Brooklyn at Douglass Street Music Collective, 295 Douglass Street, September 15 and 16 with some of the most innovative and genre-defying up-and-coming trumpeter/composers.

Sunday, September 15th 8pm – Chicago-based Chad McCullough brings a new quartet to town for the first time. Dan McClenaghan writes, “He is a rare instrumentalist who makes each note sound as if it were imbued with a deeper meaning.” Chad Lefkowitz-Brown – tenor sax, Or Bareket – bass, Arthur Hnatek –drums

9pm – Laura Kahle is the arranger for the Watts Family Reunion Band, and her arrangements have also been performed by The Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, The Danish Radio Big Band, The Norrbotten Big Band and the Branford Marsalis Septet. Tonight her pocket trumpet trio with bassist Orlando le Fleming and drummer Jeff “Tain” Watts takes the

10:30pm David Smith roots his music in classic jazz, but he combines elements of classical harmony and counterpoint in a very original style. His approach to the trumpet is also unique, intervallic and harmonically sophisticated yet lyrical and emotional. A member of Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society, and many other NYC bands, he fronts his quintet in his FONT

Monday, September 16th 8pm – Matt Holman has earned national and international performance
awards including the International Trumpet Guild’s Jazz Improvisation Competition, the Carmine Caruso International Jazz Trumpet Solo Competition, the National Trumpet Competition, and Down Beat. Matt’snew project, “The Tenth Muse”, will feature Sam Sadigursky on woodwinds, Andy Milne onpiano, and Chris Dingman on vibraphone

9pm – Hailed as one of Canada’s leading avant-garde/free-jazz bands, LINA ALLEMANO FOUR is known internationally for their inventiveness and synergy as they deftly blur the line between composition and improvisation. Their newest album, Live at the Tranzac, has been receiving attention from reviewers internationally. ”Lina Allemano is one of the most exciting new voices of the last few years… There’s no mistaking that Allemano is an important new talent…” – Point of Departure, June 2013 Lina Allemano – trumpet, Brodie West – alto saxophone, Andrew Downing – double bass, Nick Fraser – drums.

10:30pm – The Westerlies are a New York based brass quartet comprised of four friends from Seattle, Washington. Avid explorers of cross-genre territory, the Westerlies are a collectively run ensemble dedicated to the cultivation of a new brass quartet repertoire that exists in the ever-narrowing gap between American folk music, jazz, classical, and indie rock. Riley Mulherkar – trumpet, Zubin Hensler –trumpet, Andy Clausen – trombone, Willem de Koch – trombone


September 17 & 18 FONT turns to Smoke Jazz Club to present eight exciting bands led by some of the best of what the current trumpet scene has to offer ! Each night showcases four different bands. As always, the focus is on individuality!

Tuesday, September 17 at 7pm, Russian trumpeter Vitaly Golovnev kicks off the festivities with his quartet. At 9pm, Japanese trumpeter Miki Horose brings his quintet forth as he plays music from his latest CD, “Scratch”. Then at 10:30pm, Minnesota-based Adam Meckler’s unique band Lulu’s Playground which blends trumpet, cello, guitar, and accordion takes the stage. Rounding out the evening at 11:30 is New York City’s best kept secret, the mercurial Josh Evans
and his quintet.

Wednesday, September 18, the festivities continue with the double threat trumpeter/vocalist Bria Skonberg and her quintet at 7pm. At 9pm, Brooklyn-based Nick Roseboro leads his quartet and takes the audience on a journey.

Then at 10:30, up-and-coming adventurous trumpeter, Billy Buss treats us to a program of his latest compositions. The FONT @ Smoke festival culminates at 11:30 when the curator of the event, Jeremy Pelt brings his band, The Jeremy Pelt Show, for a “sneak peak” of music to be recorded the following week!

You won’t want to miss these exciting performances!


September 22 & 23 the trumpet festival moves to St. Peter’s Church, the Jazz Church, at 54th and Lex for two concerts revolving around music and spirituality.

Sunday, September 22 hosts legendary Denver player Hugh Ragin’s Trumpet Ensemble.Ragin crafts new music both for the vespers service at 5pm and for a concert at 7pmfeaturing fellow trumpeters Lew Soloff, James Zollar, and horn man David Amram. Ragin, a member of groups led by David Murray, Roscoe Mitchell, and many others, belongs to the Colorado Community Church, a center for spiritual music activity in the Mile High City. Also, at 3:30pm FONT board member Ted Daniel will give a talk based on his writings about improvisation and gestalt therapy. Daniel’s revolutionary vision of healing through improvisation is a revelation.

Monday, September 23 presents FONT co-founder and director Dave Douglas at a 7pm concert presenting hymns, originals, and new suites from his upcoming CD Pathways. A sextet plus vocalist Heather Masse of Prairie Home Companion and Wailin’ Jennys, will present also music from Douglas’ earlier albums Be Still and Time Travel. Douglas’ band members include Joshua Roseman, Jon Irabagon, Matt Mitchell, Linda Oh, and Rudy Royston.

Join us for this uplifting one-of-a-kind set of events.