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 Club, Threes 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.