May 9, 2012

Reveille Collective Composition Prize

The Reveille Trumpet Collective has announced their second annual Composition Prize. This year’s Prize is for Trumpet and Percussion

Here’s the basics. More info is available HERE

The Grand Prize winner will receive:

  • $1500 (CAD)
  • At least two performances by members of Reveille during the 2012-13 concert season
  • A short video presentation promoting the winning piece
  • A contract with new music publisher qPress

If a Runner-Up is chosen, the composer will receive:

  • $500 (CAD)
  • A contract with new music publisher qPress (At the discretion of the jury, more prizes may be awarded.)

April 10, 2012

Nate Wooley, Aaron Shragge and Nadje Noordhuis at the Village Zendo

Villagers and Trumpet: An Evening of Innovative Trumpet Music
Presented by the Village Zendo and the Festival of New Trumpet Music

Nate Wooley and Joe Morris
Aaron Ryuko Shragge and Ben Monder
Nadje Noordhuis and James Shipp

Friday May 4th, 8 pm
$20 suggested donation, 588 Broadway, suite 1108, NYC
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December 21, 2011

Thank you for a great year


Thank you for sharing another inspiring year of new trumpet music with FONT.

In 2011, your donations helped support more than 20 performances, workshops and commissions, including the October tribute to Kenny Wheeler at Jazz Standard.

As we begin to plan our next season, your support will assist us in pushing the boundaries of brass music and support working with artists in New York and around the world.

We thank you for your support, and wish you the best in the new year.

The Festival of New Trumpet Music

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December 6, 2011

GPS 2011 at Jazz Standard

Come celebrate the year of music by Dave Douglas at the Jazz Standard this Thursday through Sunday.

Thursday marks the US debut of the Key Motion Quintet, a group co-led by Dave Douglas and Donny McCaslin combining the Douglas’ Keystone and McCaslin’s Perpetual Motion electric bands. Two sets: 7:30 & 9:30.

Friday night finds Dave with the avant-classical So Percussion ensemble to play music from GPS, V3: Bad MangoThree sets: 7:30, 9:30, & 11:30.

Saturday brings the debut of the Orange Afternoons Quintet with Ravi Coltrane, Vijay Iyer, Linda Oh, and E.J. StricklandThree sets: 7:30, 9:30, & 11:30.

And finally, Brass Ecstasy takes the stage Sunday fresh off their 3rd release, Rare Metals.Two sets: 7:30 & 9:30.

Come support this great music. We hope to see you.

Reserve your tickets here.

November 7, 2011

Kind Folk

Thanks to everyone who participated and attended the Kenny Wheeler Celebration at Jazz Standard for making it an absolute success! Here are some pictures and writings. We are very grateful to Kenny Wheeler for having flown over and shared his music with us. Join us in September 2012 for the next big three week New Trumpet Music Blow Out!

Best to all.

NY Times Review

Kenny Wheeler takes New York (guest post by Paul Rushka)

Nice short piece by Fred Kaplan on Stereophile’s blog


Photo by Zak Shelby Szyszko



Photo by Geoff Countryman


Photo by Geoff Countryman


October 10, 2011

Kenny Wheeler: Profile of an Incredible Career

Kenny Wheeler

Kenny Wheeler: Profile of an Incredible Career

By Douglas Detrick

For more information, read Douglas Detrick’s interview with trumpeter Nick Smart about Kenny Wheeler.

Still a prolific performer and composer into his eighties, Kenny Wheeler is among the most influential trumpet players in jazz. The Festival of New Trumpet Music is proud to present Kenny Wheeler in a four-concert series taking place October 20 through 23, where he will appear with some of New York’s most in-demand trumpet players, including Ingrid Jensen, Jonathon Finlayson, Shane Endsley and Nate Wooley and the John Hollenbeck Large Ensemble to perform a range of his classic and new compositions for large and small jazz ensembles and brass ensemble.Read More

October 10, 2011

Interview with Nick Smart: On Kenny Wheeler

Nick Smart

Interview with Nick Smart: On Kenny Wheeler
from a conversation that took place 9.19.11.

By Douglas Detrick

For more information, read Douglas Detrick’s Profile of Kenny Wheeler on the FONT blog.

Introduction: Nick Smart is a trumpet player and educator based in London. When he moved to London in 1999, Smart initiated a relationship with Wheeler that has grown to find Smart performing Wheeler’s music for big band, and Wheeler making guest appearances as an educator in Smart’s classes at the Royal Academy of Music. This friendship, that began with but now transcends the teacher and student relationship, gives Smart some insight that he was willing to share with the Festival of New Trumpet’s audiences. Given Wheeler’s legendary shyness, it is very exciting to talk with someone who has studied Kenny Wheeler’s career, and even participated in it, so that we can get a deeper look into his motivations than even the man himself would feel comfortable offering. Smart is one of Wheeler’s great champions, along with many others, and FONT is happy to offer his thoughts on this great musician.Read More

October 8, 2011

Ted Daniel Quartet Performance and Jam Session in Ossining, NY

Ted Daniel


Enjoy music from the renowned trumpeter Ted Daniel and his  “Trumpet and Rhythm Quartet”

Ted Daniel’s “Trumpet and Rhythm Quartet” is back at the Karma Lounge in Ossining, New York Sunday, October 9th.  Join Ted for this Sunday in before he leaves on a tour of Spain, playing in the cities and provinces of Cadiz, Barcelona and Madrid.

For those of you with chops of your own, the quartet will host a jam session after their first set of the evening.

You can now keep up with Ted on FaceBook! Users can visit his music page at http://www.facebook.com?ref+home#!/pages/Ted-Daniel/235200259848405?sk=wall and click “like” to receive automatic updates.

EVENT:  The Ted Daniel “Trumpet and Rhythm Quartet” returns to the Karma Lounge
DATE: October  9th from 5PM to 8PM.
LOCATION: Karma Lounge, 175 Main St., Ossining, NY 10562

October 6, 2011

Celebrate Kenny Wheeler

The 9th annual Festival of New Trumpet Music celebrates Trumpeter/Composer Kenny Wheeler at the Jazz Standard,
October 20 – 23, 2011

THURS, OCT 20: Ingrid Jensen + Brass
featuring Kenny Wheeler

Ingrid Jensen – trumpet, Jonathan Finlayson – trumpet, Tony Kadleck – trumpet, Shelagh Abate – french horn, Elliot Mason – trombone, Jennifer Wharton – tuba, Kevin Hays – piano, Matt Clohesy – bass, Matt Wilson – drums.

$25, 7:30, 9:30 PM

FRI & SAT, OCT 21 + 22: John Hollenbeck Large Ensemble featuring Kenny Wheeler

John Hollenbeck – drums; Shane Endsley, Jon Owens, Tony Kadleck, Nate Wooley – trumpet; Alan Ferber, Jacob Garchik, Mike Christianson, Rob Hudson – trombone; Chris Cheek – tenor saxophone/reeds; Dan Willis – tenor saxophone/winds; Jeremy Viner – alto; Ben Kono – alto saxophone/winds; Bohdan Hilash – baritone saxophone/reeds; Matt Mitchell – piano; Kermit Driscoll – basses; Brad Shepik, guitar; Theo Bleckmann – voice; J.C. Sanford – conductor. Special Featured Guests: Nate Wooley and Shane Endsley, Chris Cheek, Brad Shepik $30, 7:30, 9:30, 11:30 PM

Kenny Wheeler New York Quintet featuring Dave Holland

Kenny Wheeler – trumpet, Jon Irabagon – alto saxophone, Craig Taborn – piano, Dave Holland – bass, Rudy Royston – drums $30, 7:30, 9:30 PM

In addition to the events at the Jazz Standard, on Saturday, October 22, from 3-6 PM, Dave Douglas will lead an informal reading session of Kenny Wheeler’s Music at NYU Steinhardt Jazz Studies, located at 75 3rd Ave., (at East 11th St.). All instrumentalists are welcome, trumpeters encouraged. Sheet music will be provided in concert and Bb keys. A rhythm section will be provided, but rhythm players are also welcome to participate. The session will also be attended by trumpeter Nick Smart, director of the jazz program at the Royal Academy of Music, London, UK. This is a free event, however advance registration is required through the festival’s website: www.fontmusic.org.


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Show Times: 7:30 & 9:30 + 11:30 PM on Fridays & Saturdays.
Jazz Standard is located at 116 East 27th St. (betw Lex and Park) No minimum & student discounts.
For reservations call Jazz Standard @ 212 576 2232, or visit www.ticketweb.com orwww.jazzstandard.com

August 24, 2011


FONT logo


 (New York City, NY) – JAZZ STANDARD, one of the nation’s premier jazz clubs, presents the 9th Annual Festival of New Trumpet Music (FONT) series, “Kenny Wheeler Celebration,” from Thursday, October 20, through Sunday, October 23, 2011. Program schedule and artist bios are outlined below.

The FONT series celebrates Kenny Wheeler, one of the most creative and iconic of progressive trumpeters. Wheeler, a Canadian residing in the UK since 1952, celebrated his 81st birthday this year. He will make a rare New York appearance in this series devoted to his music and vision.

The Festival also presents a cadre of progressive New York trumpeters, among them Ingrid Jensen, Shane Endsley, Nate Wooley, Jonathan Finlayson, Tony Kadleck, and Jon Owens. As part of this celebration, Kenny Wheeler will be featured with Ingrid Jensen + Brass, will play his music alongside John Hollenbeck’s Large Ensemble, and will also convene a New York Quintet, featuring Jon Irabagon, Craig Taborn, Matt Brewer, and Rudy Royston.

Kenny Wheeler commented on being honored by FONT Music and returning to NYC:  I first came to New York in the late 40′s. I was with a big band attached to the American forces and I had joined with the sole purpose of getting to New York. I just wanted to find and maybe talk to Miles. I couldn’t find him but in the process I had a really short (even for me) conversation with Charlie Parker. I was so disappointed I had missed Miles that it wasn’t until hours later I realized I had actually spoken to Bird! By that time though New York had gone from being in my head to being in my blood, heart and soul. It’s where most of the Jazz I listened to before and after that trip was born.

Although I have played in New York a few times over the years every time I come back I still feel the same excitement I felt that first time I visited all those years ago. For me New York is the place to play. The fact that I am being honored with a New York week and that so many fantastic trumpet players are involved is overwhelming. I am so proud and, before my nerves get the better of me, I would just like to say thank you to all of the people who have put this event together and thank you to New York for giving me the opportunity to come back and play here again.

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June 16, 2011

Bobby Bradford on KUNM

Bobby Bradford speaks with Mark Weber
KUNM 89.9 FM
Thursday jazz show
June 16, 2011 @ 12:06 Noon
streaming on the web > KUNM.org

Today we talk with Bobby Bradford about jazz and trumpets and the artists who play jazz trumpet. Bobby Bradford plays the near-relative of the trumpet known as the cornet. We’ll cover everybody
from Dizzy to Buddy Bolden to Don Cherry, Shorty Rogers, Chet, Bix, Bubber Miley, Cootie Williams, Art Farmer, Fats Navarro, and King Oliver. Bobby grew up in the heart of the Mississippi Delta in the late-30s, spent his high school years in Dallas with classmates Cedar Walton and James Clay. Graduated from Sam Houston College in Austin (now known as Houston-Tillotson College). Joins Ornette’s band in Los Angeles 1953-1954. Goes into Air Force 1954-1958. Back with Ornette in NYC 1961-1963. Moves his family to Los Angeles. Meets John Carter and they start the quartet that recorded four albums of such distilled and articulated modern post-bop “free” jazz that all these years later the re-issued 3-CD set on Mosaic is winning awards. Rejoins Ornette in NYC for the 1971 sessions at Columbia that produced SCIENCE FICTION. In 2009 Bobby was honored with the Festival of New Trumpet Music Award in NYC with front page headlines (arts section) of NY TIMES and a week of his music at the Jazz Standard with lines around the block. He is the professor of jazz music at Pomona College in Southern California and one of the preeminent scholars on jazz music. SO, there’s a LOT to talk about!

This will be a Live telephone interview from Bobby’s home in Upper Pasadena, California.

Professor Bradford, May 16, 2008
Potter Valley Jazz Festival, California
photo by Mark Weber