FONT 2017

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:

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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