FONT 2015

July 27, 2015

Meet FONT Music 2015 Curator: NATE WOOLEY

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Nate Wooley

On September 28, the FONT Music Festival will be hosting one of two nights featuring three trumpet “Visionaries” on the jazz scene today including Joe Moffett, Jaimie Branch and Leo Hardman-Hill (more on them in coming blog posts) at Downtown Music Gallery (Purchase tickets here).  Curating the evening is another leading voice in creative trumpet world, Nate Wooley.  We wanted to give a quick spotlight on this unique voice in the trumpet world and hear his thoughts on his curatorial picks and his idea of “Visionary”:

A Note from Nate:

“The term “visionary” comes with a lot of baggage. Who is to say which ways of thinking will prove to be visionary and which will be well intentioned ideas that never quite make it. For that very reason there are many that don’t take the opportunity to find their own musical and aesthetic limits, whether it is with the idea of staking a claim as a “visionary” or not. The three trumpet players I chose for this series are the ones that are taking the chance and are heavily engaged in an attempt to push beyond the already possible systems of playing to form a new one that is best suited to who they are and what they think.”

More about Nate:

Nate Wooley was born in 1974 in Clatskanie, Oregon, a town of 2,000 people in the timber country of the Pacific Northwestern corner of the U.S. He began playing trumpet professionally with his father, a big band saxophonist, at the age of 13. He moved to New York in 2001, and has since become one of the most in-demand trumpet players in the burgeoning Brooklyn jazz, improv, noise, and new music scenes.  He has performed regularly with such icons as John Zorn, Anthony Braxton, Eliane Radigue, Ken Vandermark, Fred Frith, Evan Parker, and Yoshi Wada, as well as being a collaborator with some of the brightest lights of his generation like Chris Corsano, C. Spencer Yeh, Peter Evans, and Mary Halvorson.

Wooley’s solo playing has often been cited as being a part of an international revolution in improvised trumpet.  Along with Peter Evans and Greg Kelley, Wooley is considered one of the leading lights of the American movement to redefine the physical boundaries of the horn, as well as demolishing the way trumpet is perceived in a historical context still overshadowed by Louis Armstrong.  A combination of vocalization, extreme extended technique, noise and drone aesthetics, amplification and feedback, and compositional rigor has led one reviewer to call his solo recordings “exquisitely hostile”.

To find out more about Nate, visit:

Check out a video on Nate’s project with Ron Miles “Argonautica” here:

Be sure to check out the full schedule of 2015 FONT Music Festival Here!


July 23, 2015


GENERATIONS LOGO (Med)Thursday, September 24

“Without a Frame” @ Rockwood Music Hall 3 
8:30pm – $15 – Age Restriction: 21+ Only – Purchase Tickets Here!

Curated by: Stephanie Richards and CJ Camerieri
Featuring the forward looking-ensembles yMusic, Asphalt Orchestra and Brandon Ridenour’s Founders on a program of new works and premieres.

Featuring Ensembles:
Brandon Ridenour & “Founders”
Asphalt Orchestra

Friday, September 25

“Sacred Feast”The Dimenna Center For Classical Music (Norman S. Benzaquen Hall)
8pm  – $22 – Purchase Tickets Here!

The Thomas Bergeron Ensemble will perform new arrangements of Olivier Messiaen’s music from his new album “Sacred Feast“.

Thomas Bergeron Ensemble:
Thomas Bergeron – Trumpet
Becca Stevens – voice
Jason Ennis – Guitars
Chris Doyle – Piano
Michael Bates – Double bass
David Palazola – Percussion
Yousuf Kerai – Tabla
Sara Caswell – Violin
Tomoko Akaboshi – Violin
Colin Brookes – Viola
Hamilton Berry – Cello

Saturday, September 26

“Signatures in Brass”Jazz Gallery
7:30 & 9:30pm – $22 – Purchase Tickets Here!
Curated by: Marquis Hill

Marquis Hill, Phillip Dizack, Keyon Harrold, Billy Buss, Josh Evans & Ingrid Jenson – Trumpet
Theo Hill – Piano
Eric Wheeler – Bass
Obed Calvaire – Drums
Kendall Moore – Commissioned Composer

Sunday, September 27

The Jonathan Powell Latin Jazz Sextet @ Blue Note Brunch
11:30AM & 1:30 PM – $35 (includes music charge, brunch & drink) – Purchase Tickets Here!

The Jonathan Powell Latin Jazz Sextet:
Jonathan Powell – Trumpet/Flugelhorn
Louis Fouché – Alto Sax
Manuel Valera – Piano
Ricky Rodriguez – Bass
Henry Cole – Drums

“Blast of Brass” @  Brooklyn Children’s Museum
2pm & 3pm – FREE
Directed by: Jesse Neuman
An interactive concert featuring the science and fun of making music with the brass family of instruments

Blast of Brass:
Aaron Shragge – Trumpet
Rob Jost – French Horn
Jesse Neuman – Baritone
Brian Adler – percussion

“Visionaries – Night 1”Downtown Music Gallery
7-10pm – $10 – Purchase Tickets Here!
Curated by: Aaron Shragge

7pm – Chad McCullough & Dan Cray Duo:
Chad McCullough – Trumpet
Dan Cray – Piano

8pm – John Blevins & MATTERHORN
John Blevins – Trumpet
Jeff McLaughlin – Guitar
Marty Kenney – Bass
Nathan Ellman-Bell – Drums

9pm – Leo Hardman-Hill
Katherine McShane – Cello
Dennis Zuricovitz – Saxophone
Zoe Christiansen – Accordion

Monday, September 28

Masterclass w/ Eddie HendersonThe New School (55 W. 13th St. – Jazz Performance Space, 4th Floor)
4pm  – FREE

“Visionaries – Night 2”Downtown Music Gallery
7-10pm – $10 – Purchase Tickets Here!
Curated by: Nate Wooley

7pm – Jaimie Branch & “Illionairés”
Jaimie Branch – Trumpet
Anthony Pirog – Guitar
Jason Ajemian – Bass
Jason Nazary – Drums

8pm Joe Moffett – Solo Trumpet

9pm –  Brandon Lewis Quartet
Brandon Lewis – Trumpet
Kevin Theodore – Keyboard
Ben Carr – Bass
David Frazier Jr. – Drums

Tuesday, September 29

Eddie Henderson Panel Discussion The New School (55 W. 13th St
Hirshorn Suite, 2nd Fl.
w/ Eddie Henderson, Dave Douglas, Randy Brecker & Marquis Hill.
Panel Moderator: David Adler

Eddie Henderson Concert/Award Recognition @ The New School (55 W. 13th St)
8pm – $20 – Purchase Tickets Here!
Theresa Lang Community & Student Center, Arnhold Hall, 2nd Fl.

Join us as we recognize the FONT Music 2015 Award of Recognition Honoree, Dr. Eddie Henderson!

Eddie Henderson Quartet
With Special Guests, Marquis Hill, Randy Brecker and Dave Douglas.
Eddie Henderson – Trumpet
George Cables – Piano
Doug Weiss – Bass
Billy Drummond – Drums


In addition to access to all events, the FESTIVAL PASS allows access to the VIP Reception on Sept 29th at The New School following the Eddie Henderson Concert.
**Festival Pass ONLY includes one set for events at The Jazz Gallery (9/26) and Blue Note (9/27), to attend both sets you must by an additional ticket for the other set**

Check back regularly for updates!