December 27, 2018

Review 2018

Hello all involved in FONT Music 2018 — musicians, listeners, partners, collaborators, supporters.


In my opinion it was our best one yet. All the events were solidly attended. With TILT Brass we finally achieved a concert of ‘contemporary brass music’ with an enthusiastic and engaged audience and ensemble! Oh, and the music was astounding! Thanks, Chris McIntyre.

Our shows at Dizzy’s ClubThrees Brewing and The Jazz Gallery were equally wonderful, with new groups formed and new music presented. Linda Briceño, Rachel Therrien, Michael Rodriguez, Giveton Gelin, David Adewumi, Davy Lazar, Adam O’Farrill, Ingrid Jensen, Jesse Neuman, Nadje Noordhuis, Riley Mulherkar, Jaimie Branch, and John Blevins were among trumpeters who brought great new music to our events.

We commissioned a suite of new music from esteemed colleague Jermey Pelt.

We awarded legendary Tom Harrell with our adulation, and he was interviewed from the stage by Mr. Pelt!

We celebrated Laurie Frink, teacher, mentor and friend to so many of us.

FONT JR, a program for trumpeters 12 to 21, had its inaugural run, under the tutelage of Mr. Michael Rodriguez.

And we continued the mission that began at the bar of Tonic, where Roy Campbell, Jr. and I conspired all those years ago. To spread the diversity of people playing the instrument, to engage in new ways the idea of what trumpet music is and can be, to honor great pioneers of the instrument in our community.

All I can say further is, BRING ON 2019!

Thank you all for being with us and I look forward to working on a new festival with all of you in the new year.

Dave Douglas

December 17, 2018

FONTWest San Diego, January 2019

San Diego
January 20-27, 2019

FONT co-director Stephanie Richards became a faculty member of the University of California San Diego Department of Music in 2017. She and Dan Atkinson, a Grammy-nominated jazz producer and artistic director for UC San Diego Urban, have put together the first-ever West Coast edition of FONT, FONT West, for one week in January 2019. The festival involves the collaboration of leading San Diego arts organizations including the Athenaeum Music & Arts Library, Digital Gym Cinema, UC San Diego Department of Music, Panama 66, The Loft, Fresh Sound, San Diego Symphony, Quartyard, and UC San Diego Urban.

Full program available here:

May 4, 2018

FONT Jr 2018

The Festival of New Trumpet Music is announcing FONT Jr 2018: A Modern Jazz Trumpet Workshop & Concert with Michael Rodriguez on Sunday, September 9th. This event is hosted by New York University Steinhardt Jazz Studies and The New School, and it is FREE to participating students.

Please go to for further information. Your assistance in sharing this opportunity with interested students is greatly appreciated.

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May 1, 2018

David Sanford’s Seven Kings

David Sanford’s Seven Kings, a multi-movement work for brass quintet and trumpet soloist inspired by the complex interplay in King Oliver’s Creole Jazz Band, was commissioned by the Festival of New Trumpet Music and Chamber Music America in 2009 and premiered in January 2010 featuring the Meridian Arts Ensemble and Dave Ballou. The current issue of the Chamber Music Magazine features this piece and a part of the score.

Chamber Music Magazine (p 72)

Listen to Seven Kings

April 6, 2018

Sound Prints – Scandal

Today Greenleaf Music is releasing Scandal, the second recording from Sound Prints, the quintet co-led by the great Joe Lovano and FONT Music’s artistic director Dave Douglas.

The group, which also features pianist Lawrence Fields, bassist Linda May Han Oh and veteran drummer Joey Baron, heads off into swinging, heartfelt and sophisticated new territory inspired by visionary Wayne Shorter. Two of Shorter’s pieces receive special treatment.


December 19, 2017

Impressions 2017

“For 15 years FONT has been working to create meaningful social and musical experiences for the trumpet community and beyond, and we’ve celebrated ideas that are new, different, in and out, for every step of the way.”
— Stephanie Richards

Each year at FONT Music, we widen our embrace of trumpet artists with emerging voices, pioneering voices, voices that remind us of our histories, and voices that challenge our notion of diversity and ideas of evolution. This year we had a chorus of progressive sound resonating throughout this city and we thank you for joining us for FONT 2017.

Your support of a tax-deductible donation helps sustain this work – presenting and supporting new ways of thinking about music, life and the world in which we live.

Creative evolution fulfills our highest human potential, and every year we shine a spotlight on some the brilliant voices that are evolving the trumpet scene today. Thank you to our partners, volunteers, and to all of you who are supporting our efforts to continue giving a voice to this astonishing music community. We’re glad you’re here.

We look forward to seeing you in 2018!

July 6, 2017

FONT Music opens September 8, 2017

From September 8 through 14, New York’s award winning Festival of New Trumpet Music (FONT Music) returns with Impact: Celebrating 15 Years of Boundary-Breaking Music.

Impact is not only the title of an album by trumpeter Charles Tolliver, who is being honored with the FONT Music Award of Recognition, but it is also a celebration of the new music being created by the strong community of brass players FONT Music has helped build over the last 15 years in New York and beyond.

The Award, to be presented on Sunday, September 10 at The New School, acknowledges Tolliver as a remarkable talent who has gained an outstanding reputation as a trumpeter, bandleader, composer, arranger and educator. The program will include a panel discussion about Musician Self Determination and Creative Empowerment moderated by Dave Douglas. Panelists include Charles Tolliver, Keyon Harrold, and Meghan Stabile.

Other Festival highlights include

  • FONT Music’s return to Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola at Jazz at Lincoln Center with“The Flow Anthology” curated by Keyon Harrold, and including trumpeters Marquis Hill, and Maurice Brown.
  • The Wing Walker Orchestra featuring Jason Palmer and Jonathan Finlayson, with the Oskar Stenmark Quartet, Danny Gouker’s Signal Problems, and the Allison Phillips Trio.
  • High and Mighty Brass Band and Slavic Soul Party celebrating groove-based brass band music from around the world.
  • A multi-trumpet celebration of FONT Music’s 15th anniversary presented by Dave Douglas.

Since 2003, FONT Music, directed by trumpeter and composer Dave Douglas, has presented exceptional programs of new trumpet music across genres. Along with trumpeter and longtime FONT Music collaborator Stephanie Richards, Douglas and his core team have this year invited trumpeters Keyon Harrold, Richards, and John Blevins to contribute their unique visions to this extraordinary program.

You can access the full press release and other press materials here:

Please contact us at  if you’d like further information. Thanks for your interest.

The FONT Music Team

March 4, 2017

FONT Music in the Spring!

Join us for our Spring performance on March 15. Nadja Noordhuis, trumpeter and FONT Music Board member, will perform with her Quintet!

Join us for our Spring performance on March 15. Nadja Noordhuis, trumpeter and FONT Music Board member, will perform with her Quintet!

Don’t miss this special FONT Music Spring Event at The New School on March 15th

The Nadje Noorduis Quintet

Nadje Noordhuis – trumpet
Sara Caswell – violin
Gary Versace – piano, accordion
Matt Clohesy – bass
Obed Calvaire – drums

Click here to check out an interview with Nadje on our blog

March 15th – 7pm

Glass Box Performance Space – 1st floor

55 West 13th Street, NYC

$20 suggested donation to FONT – Students are FREE

Click here to RSVP & Invite Others

February 14, 2017

Impressions 2016

Trumpeters Dave Douglas, Stephanie Richards, Marquis Hill, Taylor Ho Bynum, Michael Gurfield, Aaron Shragge and John Blevins all contributed their unique visions to 2016’s forward-looking program in venues across New York City. 

Thanks to all the musicians for their vision, inspiration and dedication! And thanks to all of our supporters and those who recognize the importance of new creative music for the trumpet.

Videos/Editing by Lukas Frei