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Top row from L to R: Philip Dizack, Marquis Hill, Josh Evans. Bottom row from L to R: Keyon Harrold, Billy Buss, Ingrid Jensen.

Top row from L to R: Philip Dizack, Marquis Hill, Josh Evans. Bottom row from L to R: Keyon Harrold, Billy Buss, Ingrid Jensen.

This Saturday, September 26th, The Jazz Gallery is proud to present a special jazz trumpet summit as part of the annual Festival of New Trumpet Music. Since 2003, the festival has been presenting the work of all kinds of trumpeters, celebrating the immense range of possibilities on the instrument. The concert at The Jazz Gallery on Saturday—called “Signatures in Brass”—does just that, showcasing six very different trumpeters all working under the big tent known as contemporary jazz.

The curator for the evening—Marquis Hill—explains the concept of the project thusly:

This music presents the wide variety of sounds and styles that uniquely constitute contemporary jazz trumpet music. In earlier times, jazz was more easily associated with a singular specific sound. Today, we feel there is an immense increase in the stylistic breadth of jazz. Our goal is to demonstrate how diverse musical voices now authentically fall under the jazz umbrella. This program showcases these voices and personalities through a very special night of original compositions, both orchestrated and spontaneous. I’m happy to be working with the range of trumpeters and their musical visions in this collaborative effort.

All six trumpeters featured on the concert—Mr. Hill, Billy Buss, Philip Dizack, Josh Evans, Keyon Harrold, and Ingrid Jensen—have performed at the Gallery previously on multiple occasions, making our stage an ideal setting for such a gathering. And while trumpeters are stereotyped for hogging the spotlight, the crack rhythm team of pianist Theo Hill, bassist Eric Wheeler, and drummer Obed Calvaire will surely assert themselves and keep everyone on their toes. In addition, the entire ensemble will join together to perform a new piece commissioned especially for the occasion by trombonist and composer Kendall Moore. Whether you know all of these trumpet players or just one, this concert promises to be a truly novel experience, a fascinating journey for player and listener alike. 

The Jazz Gallery presents “Signatures in Brass” on Saturday, September 26th, 2015. This concert is presented in association with the Festival of New Trumpet Music. The concert is curated by trumpeter Marquis Hill, and features trumpeters Billy Buss, Philip Dizack, Josh Evans, Keyon Harrold, and Ingrid Jensen, as well as pianist Theo Hill, bassist Eric Wheeler, and drummer Obed Calvaire. The ensemble will perform a new piece by Kendall Moore. Sets are at 7:30 and 9:30 P.M. $22 general admission ($12 for members) for each set. Purchase tickets here.