Festival 2005

FONT Music: For Lester Bowie

at The Jazz Standard

August 2 – 7

August 2

7:30 PM
Bill Dixon Trio
www.bill-dixon.com. The Festival of New Trumpet Music is proud to present Bill Dixon for the second year (Dixon closed the 2004 Festival with a riveting performance at The Baha’i Center). Dixon’s incredible bio includes being the organizer and producer of the October Revolution in Jazz in New York City in 1964, architect of the Jazz Composers’ Guild (for the performance of contemporary American Black Music) in New York City in 1964, and founder of the Black Music Division of Bennington College in Bennington, Vermont in 1973. Mr. Dixon was Professor of Music at Bennington from 1968-96. This performance provides a rare opportunity to hear Bill Dixon in New York City!
9:30 PM
Herb Robertson and Bromelain
www.herbrobertson.com. Herb Robertson-trumpet, cornet, trumpenet, flugelhorn, slide trumpet, toys, etc., Okkyung Lee-cello, Gerry Hemingway-drums, percussion. Herb Robertson has been one of the most active musicians on the scene for several years. Herb plays the horns in a lyrical and colorful way, often employing a range of mutes to make his sound more personal and unique. He met Gerry Hemingway 27 years ago. This lasting musical friendship leads to all kind of innovations incorporated into the music at least by those who love the eclectic approach. Okkyung Lee met Robertson just two years ago. Very quickly Herb was captivated by the theatrical way that she plays her cello combining the classical style with her own improvising. This trio refuses to play into stereotypes.

August 3

7:30 PM
Graham Haynes Electric Church
Trumpeter/cornetist Graham Haynes, son of the legendary Roy Haynes, brings his band Electric Church to Festival of New Trumpet Music in celebration of Lester Bowie.
9:30 PM
Cuong Vu Trio
www.cuongvu.com. Cuong Vu-trumpet, Stomu Takeishi-bass, Ted Poor-drums. Presenting music from Cuong’s latest recording, “It’s Mostly Residual,” available only through ArtistShare at the trumpeter’s website. Cuong Vu is currently on tour with The Pat Metheny Group.

August 4

7:30 PM
Dave Douglas Brass Ecstasy
www.davedouglas.com. Dave Douglas-trumpet, Ray Anderson and Clark Gayton-trombones, Marcus Rojas-tuba, Gene Lake-drums. In a tribute to Lester Bowie’s notion of mixing high art with low brass, Brass Ecstasy will perform new arrangements of music by John Mayer, Missy Elliot, Martha Wainwright, Otis Redding, as well as original compositions, in this very special debut concert.
9:30 PM
Corey Wilkes Abstrakt Pulse
www.coreywilkes.com. Corey Wilkes, trumpet Kevin Nabors, Jr., tenor sax Junius Paul, Bass Isaiah Spencer III, drums, percussion. After studies at Berklee, Chicago trumpeter Corey Wilkes once lived in Louisiana in an effort to absorb the very essence of jazz. Since then, Corey has worked with the Jazz Institute of Chicago as an Artist in Residence for the Jazz Links Program. He has also traveled the world, sharing the stage with numerous jazz heavyweights including Roscoe Mitchell, Fred Anderson, Terence Blanchard, Clark Terry, Harry ‘Sweets’ Edison, Wynton Marsalis, Marcus Belgrave, Roy Hargrove, James Moody and Kurt Elling. Corey is currently traveling the world with the Art Ensemble of Chicago, filling in for the late, great Lester Bowie in this world-renowned group of jazz legends. His soulful, sophisticated sound can be found on Roscoe Mitchell’s recently released CD “Song for My Sister.”

August 5

7:30 PM
Bobby Bradford’s Tete-a-Tete
featuring: Marty Ehrlich-reeds, Mark Dresser-bass and Ken Filiano-bass. One of the best trumpeters to emerge from the avant-garde, Bradford moved to Los Angeles in 1953 where he met and played with Ornette Coleman and Eric Dolphy. Bradford spent time in the military and in school before becoming Don Cherry’s replacement with the Ornette Coleman Quartet in 1961-1963, a period when the group unfortunately rarely worked. In Los Angeles, Bradford began a longtime association with clarinetist John Carter. Since the clarinetist’s death, Bradford frequently led a quintet (the Mo’tet) featuring Vinny Golia and occasionally Marty Ehrlich. In the ’90s, he also performed with the David Murray Octet and Charlie Haden’s Liberation Music Orchestra.
9:30 PM
Dennis Gonzalez Pirate Radio Brass Band
www.dennisgonzalez.com Dallas trumpeter Dennis Gonzalez has spent twenty plus years at the forefront of the experimental jazz scene, playing with many of jazz’s luminaries, including Cecil Taylor, Roy Hargrove, Oliver Lake, Charles Brackeen, and many others. His group Pirate Radio is made up of Matt Lavelle – trumpet, Steve Swell – trombone, Mark Taylor – French horn, Andrew Lamb – tenor sax, Joe Daley – tuba, Mike Thompson – drums.
11:30 PM
Burnt Sugar the Arkestra Chamber featuring Flip Barnes
www.burntsugarindex.com. Renen Akan, Thom Loubet-guitar, Jared Nickerson, Jason di Matteo-bass, Avrem Fefer-bass clarinet, Lewis “Flip” Barnes-trumpet, Matana Roberts-alto saxophone, Petra Radu-Scafaru-tenor saxophone, Jesse Dulman-tuba, Bruce Mack-keyboards, Qasim Naqvi, Trevor Holder-drums, Justice Dilla-x, Lisala Beatty, Mikel Banks, Jermiah Griffin-voices, Satch Hoyt-flute/percussion, Julia Kent-cello, Omega Moon, D-MAXX-lyricists, Greg Tate-conductor. Lester Bowie once said, ‘the tradition is innovation’. Burnt Sugar aims to be the living embodiment of that idea at The Festival of New Trumpet Music.

August 6

7:30 PM
Baikida Carroll Quartet
www.baikida.com. Baikida Carroll-trumpet, Tim Berne-alto saxophone, Michael Formanek-bass, Tom Rainey-drums. Baikida Carroll ( trumpet, composer, producer ) is a highly pivotal figure in the music world. He has written scores that have distinguished theater, dance, TV, film and concerts for over three decades, including the 1990 highly acclaimed musical, “Betsey Brown” and the 1995 award winning, Tony nominated Broadway show, “Having Our Say”.
His recordings and concerts include works with Charlie Haden, Cecil Taylor, Anthony Braxton, Jack Dejohnette, Muhal Richard Abrams, Carla Bley, Julius Hemphill, Sam Rivers, Don Cherry, Albert King, Little Milton, Jay McShann, Dr John, John Hicks, Donny Hathaway, Fontella Bass, Ike and Tina Turner, Patti Labelle, Meredith Monk, John Carter, Steve Lacy, Julian Priester, Roscoe Mitchell, Don Pullen, Dave Holland, Billy Hart, Dewey Redman, Paul Motion, Oliver Lake, David Murray, Leo Wadada Smith, Lester Bowie and Reggie Workman.” He was the recipient of the 1999 ASCAP/ IAJE Duke Ellington Established Jazz Composers Award, the The 2002 Chamber Music America Award, and several Meet the Composers and National Endowment for the Arts Awards.
In August of 2001 Carroll scored “The Oedipus Plays”, For The Shakespeare Theatre – WASHINGTON, D.C.. A mythical production of Sophocle’s epic Oedipus trilogy; “Oedipus the King”, “Oedipus at Colonus” and “Antigone”, set in Africa. Directed by Michael Kahn Choreographed by Marlies Yearby and starring Avery Brooks, Earle Hyman and Cynthia Martells.
9:30 PM
Roy Campbell & Tazz
www.roycampbellmusic.com. Roy Campbell-trumpet, Andrew Bemkey, Chris Sullivan, and Michael Thompson Drummer Billy Higgins nicknamed Campbell “Tazz” and for good reason. Roy Campbell, Jr. has long maintained several stellar working units. Tazz is a reflection of various musical styles, languages, backgrounds, and sources, with a mission to break down cultural barriers through a sound that is at once eclectic, progressive, polished, and funky; in a word, Tazz is hot!
11:30 PM
Steven Bernstein & Spanish Fly
www.stevenbernstein.net A ubiquitous figure in New York’s downtown jazz scene, Bernstein has been the musical director/leader for John Lurie’s Lounge Lizards, the Kansas City Band (from Robert Altman’s film Kansas City), Jim Thirwell’s Steriod Maximus, and Hal Wilner’s Leonard Cohen and Doc Pomus Projects. Bernstein also leads several other active bands, including Sex Mob, Diaspora Blues (with the Sam Rivers trio) and Diaspora Soul. He has performed with Roswell Rudd, Don Byron, and Medeski Martin & Wood, as well as artists as diverse as Aretha Franklin, Lou Reed, Linda Ronstadt, Sting and Courtney Love.

August 7

7:30 PM
Randy Sandke and the Metatonal Band
www.randysandke.com Randy Sandke-trumpet, Scott Robinson-saxes, Ted Rosenthal-piano, Steve LaSpina-bass, John Riley-drums. Sandke and company will be performing “The Mystic Trumpeter,” which is a six-part suite from the album of the same name that was released this past May.
9:30 PM
Mac Gollehon’s Smokin Section, a tribute to Lester Bowie
Mac Gollehon-trumpet, trombone, double-bell euphonium, misc. brass, Adam Snyder-drums, Guillermo Edgehill-bass, Alex Kolpaki-woodwinds.

3rd Festival of New Trumpet Music presents

Other Music

at Tonic

August 12-15

107 Norfolk St., between Delancey & Rivington
tel 212-358-7501

August 12

8:00 PM
Ted Daniel
Daniel began his professional career playing local gigs with his childhood friend, the legendary guitarist, Sonny Sharrock, eventually appearing on Sharrock’s first album “Black Woman.” Since then, Daniel has participated in over thirty published recordings with such artists as Archie Shepp, Dewey Redman, Andrew Cyrille, Sam Rivers, Billy Bang and Henry Threadgill. Daniel has also produced three albums under his own name, which are entitled “The Ted Daniel Sextet,” “Tapestry” and “In The Beginning.” Presently, Mr. Daniel is writing and performing with his new group, the International Brass and Membrane Corporation (IBMC). This trio was conceived as a flexible and expandable creative music performance group, which utilizes instruments from the brass and membrane instrument families.
9:30 PM
Ahmed Abdullah
www.ahmedian.com. Ahmed Abdullah is a trumpeter, composer, arranger, educator, organizer and bandleader who has led his own ensembles since 1972. For the last thirty plus years, Ahmed has spent his time performing with the Sun Ra Arkestra (he’s on twenty-five recordings with Sun Ra), Ed Blackwell, Arthur Blythe, Billy Bang, Ms. Dianne McIntyre, Sam Rivers, Hamiet Bluiett, Rashid Ali and his own groups. In the last year Abdullah’s CD releases have included “NAM Live at the Vision Festival,” “AA’s Dispersions of the Spirit of Ra,” “Traveling the Spaceways,” and “Ebonic Tones” and “Tara’s Song,” all of which can be purchased from this website.
11:00 PM
Roy Campbell, Jr.
www.roycampbellmusic.com. Roy Campbell appearing with the Pyramid Trio featuring Mike Thompson on drums and William Parker on bass.

August 13

8:00 PM
Dave Douglas Keystone
www.davedouglas.com. Dave Douglas-trumpet, Jamie Saft-Wurlitzer, Gene Lake-drums, Marcus Strickland-saxophones, Brad Jones-bass, DJ Olive-turntables. On September 20, 2005 Greenleaf Music will release Douglas’ new studio recording, Keystone, the trumpeter’s musical encomium to the unjustly maligned silent film star, Roscoe Arbuckle. Douglas, a recent recipient of a 2005 Guggenheim Fellowship, and Keystone will launch an international multi-media tour on October 1, 2005 at The Paramount Center for the Arts in Peekskill, NY.
9:30 PM
Shane Endsley and Kneebody
www.greenleafmusic.com Adam Benjamin-keyboards, Shane Endsley-trumpet, Kaveh Rastegar-bass, Ben Wendel-saxophone, Nate Wood-drums, with special guest Jonathan Finlayson. To see Kneebody play live is a unique experience, featuring a huge variety of sounds and textures.
11:00 PM
Jonathan Finlayson
“Common Thread” featuring Jonathan Finlayson-trumpet, Shane Endsley-trumpet, Tim Albright-trombone, Tyshawn Sorey-drums, Thomas Morgan-bass.

August 14

8:00 PM
Zlatne Uste Balkan Brass Band
Belle Birchfield-baritone truba, Morgan Clark-baritone truba, Marian Eines-alto saxophone, vocals, Sarah Ferholt-truba, Catherine Foster-clarinet, alto saxophone, truba, vocals, Michael Ginsburg-truba, Tamberlaine Harris-truba, Emerson Hawley-bass truba, Jerry Kisslinger-snare drum, tupan, Seido Salifoski-snare drum, tupan, Matthew Smith-baritone truba
9:30 PM
Avishai Cohen
www.avishaimusic.com. Israeli trumpeter/composer Avishai Cohen is a member of the groundbreaking band Third World Love, which also features bassist Omer Avital and drummer Daniel Freedman. Cohen’s first album, “The Trumpet Player” was featured by Ben Ratliff in The New York Times, Sunday edition Playlist. Cohen has racked up experience performing with James Moody, Dave Liebman, Jimmy Heath, George Garzone, Bobby Watson, Clark Terry, Donald Harrison, Roy Hargrove and many many others.

August 15

8:00 PM
Ray Vega Latin Jazz Quintet
www.cyberjaz.com/vega, Ray Vega-trumpet, percussion, Chembo Corniel-Congas, Chris Haney-acoustic bass, Peter Retzlaff-drums, James Shipp-vibes. The RVJQ will be performing a set of new music including the New York Premiere of “Raices: 3 Movements for Latin Jazz Ensemble.” This piece was commissioned by the City Folk Organization (Dayton, Ohio) as part of its Jazz Residency program.
9:30 PM
Jacob Wick & THROE
Jacob Wick-trumpet, Rob Mosher-saxes, Todd Neufeld-guitar, Mike LaValle-electric bass, Gerald Cleaver-drums. Trumpeter Jacob Wick is beginning to make his presence known in the New York and Chicago jazz and creative music scenes. Wick has shared the stage with such luminaries as George Lewis and Mark Turner.

3rd Festival of New Trumpet Music presents:

New Bands

at Spark

August 16-20

August 16

8:00 PM
Matt Lavelle & Eye-Contact
Matt Lavell-trumpet, Ryan Sawyer-drums, Matt Heyner-bass
9:00 PM
Jesse Selengut
www.jesseselengut.com. Selengut is a Brooklyn-based trumpeter, composer and multi-instrumentalist. He has had success as a bandleader, film scorer, producer and sideman on over a dozen albums, most noticeably, Huge Voodoo’s Affordable Magic (’03). Recently, he has been splitting time between the Williamsburg Jazz Festival (which he founded) and Noir, a quartet blending electronica and jazz.
10:00 PM
Peck Allmond
www.peckallmond.com. Trumpeter/saxophonist/flutist Peck Allmond is best known for his work with Me’Shell NdegeOcello, Oliver Lake, Peter Apfelbaum and Don Cherry. His new group Kalimba Kollective features the leader on trumpet and assorted other instruments, featuring his unique approach to the kalimba, aka thumb piano. The group also features drumming great Kenny Wollesen on vibes, drums and bass kalimba; innovator Rufus Cappadocia on electric 5-string cello; master Haitian Vodou drummers Bonga and Tiga Jean-Baptiste (father and son) on Haitian drums, percussion, kalimba and mbira; and keyboard virtuoso Gary Fisher. The group is currently celebrating the release of the new disc “Kalimba Collage.”

August 17

8:00 PM
Keyon Harrold
9:00 PM
Diego Urcola Quartet
www.diegourcola.com. The Grammy nominated trumpeter will be performing music from his newest recording “Soundances.”
10:00 PM
Nabate Isles
A mix of diverse musical styles with melodic clarity and rhythmic intensity.

August 19

8:00 PM
Jesse Neuman and the Bruce Lee Band

www.bruceleeband.com. Jesse Neuman-acoustic and processed trumpet/laptop, Oscar Rodriguez-guitar/bass guitar/loops, Aaron Jennings-guitar/electronics/laptop, Liam Hurley-drums. Bruce Lee is an improvising quartet formed over four years ago between friends and enemies, dedicated to balancing the most fearsome and fragile sounds and rhythms. Their arrangements develop music by Rickie Lee Jones, Mos Def, Rachmanninoff, Jeff Buckley and Bjork. As improvisers, they use tones and technology to gradually sculpt silence and vibrations into complete musical statements.

Bruce Lee audio samples
9:00 PM
Sarah Wilson
www.sarahwilsonmusic.com. Sarah Wilson’s music is an “improviser’s dream”, says internationally acclaimed composer/pianist Myra Melford. Her music is “rich with suggestion and possibility: ebullient and tender, poignant and humorous.” Wilson’s compositions reflect a deep understanding of the connection between images and motion. Grammy Award nominee Dave Douglas, composer/trumpet player, commends Wilson’s development of a “new music,” which evokes the theatrical. Her techniques of “orchestrating tightly wound counterpoint” with a “fresh, unexpected approach to rhythm” summon the imagination.
10:00 PM
Matt Shulman Trio
www.mattshulman.com. Matt Shulman will be appearing in support of his new recording “So It Goes,” currently available at the trumpeter’s website. Hailed by The New York Times as “a new voice from jazz’s emerging generation,” by fans as “Miles Davis meets Radiohead . . . a Chet Baker for the new millennium . . .,” and by Downbeat Magazine as “Zen-like”, Shulman combines intimate vocals with virtuosic trumpet playing and sensual electronics to create his signature sound.

August 20

8:00 PM
Greg Kelley
www.geocities.com/greyelkgel. Greg Kelley has performed throughout the United States, Europe, Japan and Argentina at numerous festivals, in clubs, outdoors, in living rooms, in a bank, and at least once on a vibrating floor. He has collaborated with a number of musicians throughout the globe performing experimental music, free jazz and noise, releasing a number of recordings in the process. He constantly seeks to push the boundaries of the trumpet and of ‘music’.
9:00 PM
Nate Wooley
www.natewooley.com. Wooley grew up in a Finnish-American fishing village in Oregon. He has spent the rest of his life trying musically to find a way back to the peace and quiet of that time by whole-heartedly embracing the space between complete absorption in sound and relative absence of the same. He began playing trumpet professionally at age 13 with his father, and after studying he moved to Colorado where he studied more with Ron Miles, Art Lande, Fred Hess, and improvisation master Jack Wright. His tenure with Jack began to break Nate out of self-imposed molds and into the sound world that he has embraced as his own.
10:00 PM
Peter Evans
An improviser who plays in a bold, extroverted manner. One of the new trumpeters expanding the music with his singular, highly unique playing.

FONT Music Presents


A Week of Masterclasses and Concerts


The Yamaha Artist Services Center

August 22-27

689 Fifth Avenue

Entrance on East 54th Street

3rd Floor

for information: 718.921.1330

Event Times
All masterclasses begin at 1:00 pm
All concerts begin at 8:00 pm
$10 for the Concerts
$10 for the Master Classes
$15 for the Master Class plus a Concert100% of the admissions go to the performers.
Those who wish to perform masterclasses should sign in upon entering the event. Performers will be scheduled on a first come first serve basis.
Our mission to bring forth a varied and comprehensive educational opportunity is reflected by those who will teach and perform during the “Seminar Week’ portion of the Festival of New Trumpet Music.

August 22

Lew Soloff – The Aesthetic of Music
“an improvised masterclass”
Manhattan Brass Quintet
The new MBQ with Lew Soloff, Wayne DuMaine, Ann Ellsworth, Mike Seltzer, and Dave Taylor play music by David Dzubay, Derek Bermel, Wynton Marsalis.
Ivan Guck
Retro-futurist post-jazz with Peter Evans, Mary Halvorson, Moppa Elliott, Kevin Shea.

August 23

Dave Douglas – The New Trumpet in Context
“a look at various strategies for expanding the role and vocabulary of the trumpet in new music”.
Dave Douglas
with his latest touring project Nomad, performing works from Mountain Passages on the Greenleaf Music label.
New York Trumpet Ensemble
Mark Gould (Director), Peter Evans, C.J. Camereri, David Taylor, Moppa Elliot

August 24

Kevin Cobb – Solo Repertoire Today
“preparation and performance of modern trumpet music”
Graham Ashton Brass Ensemble
with Mark Gould, Jeff Lang, Jim Pugh, performing music by Pugh, Schnyder, Ashton, Edwards, Davies, Webern
Jeremy Pelt
Jeremy Pelt plays the music of Max Siegel featuring an ensemble of brass and rhythm section

August 25

Kevin Cobb and Brian McWhorter Integral Trumpet Seminar
“The Form of Practice”
Eric Biondo
Small / Medium for Electric trumpet / drums with Chris Vatalaro
Pink Baby Monster
Mark Gould, Brian McWhorter, Kyle Sanna

August 26

Bliggidy Blam
featuring Brian McWhorter and Nate Wooley, announcing the release of their new album “formal i.”
Meridian Arts Ensemble
commissioned works by Sanford, Sharp, Didkovsky, and Zappa – announcing the release of their new album “Brink”

August 27

Butch Morris, Conduction #147
performed by Trumpet Nation
An all-trumpet ensemble featuring Graham Haynes, Cuong Vu, Ahmed Abdullah, Mark Gould, Dave Douglas, Jon Nelson, Wilmer Wise, Steven Bernstein, Jonathan Finlayson, Peter Evans and many, many others…. Playing A Conducted Improvisation, Conduction #147, led by Butch Morris. This is the closing event of the 3rd Annual Festival of New Trumpet Music.Please join us for these festival ending festivities and a unique concert of new music.