Jazz at the Center – A Tribute to Dizzy Gillespie
Jazz at the Center – A Tribute to Dizzy Gillespie

November 4, 8:00 pm

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Jazz at The Center celebrates the life and music of John Birks “Dizzy” Gillespie in the centennial year of his birth with A Triumph of Trumpets.  Headlining the evening will be conductor, composer, and educator Jon Faddis and his quartet, with special guests — trumpeter Tom Harrell, saxophonist Antonio Hart, and percussionist Alioune Faye, together with trumpeters (and Purchase College alumni) Max Darché and Bruce Harris.

As a trumpeter, Faddis possesses a virtually unparalleled range and full command of his instrument, making the practically impossible seem effortless. “He’s the best ever, including me!” declared his mentor Gillespie; the three decades-long friendship between the two trumpet masters is the stuff of legend. The Jon Faddis Quartet and guests truly represent an all-star line-up of today’s great jazz artists, many of who have connections to the Jazz Studies program — now in its 25th year — here at The Conservatory of Music at Purchase College-SUNY.

The Jon Faddis Quartet

Jon Faddis, trumpet and leader
Conservatory of Music Jazz Studies faculty, Professor and Director of Jazz Performance

Renee Rosnes, piano

Todd Coolman, bass
Conservatory of Music Jazz Studies faculty, Professor, former Director
of Jazz Studies

Dion Parson, drums
University of St. Thomas, USVI

Plus special guests

Tom Harrell, trumpet & flugelhorn
Antonio Hart, saxophone
Alioune Faye, percussion

And

Max Darché, trumpet
Conservatory of Music Jazz Studies – Purchase College-SUNY MusB ‘06, MM ’08
Bruce Harris, trumpet
Conservatory of Music Jazz Studies – Purchase College -SUNY MusB‘05, MM ‘09
Andrew Latona, guitar

John Birks “Dizzy” Gillespie not only ushered in the era of Be-Bop in the American jazz tradition, he left a legacy of musical excellence that embraced and fused all musical forms, particularly those with roots deep in Africa such as the music of Cuba, other Latin American countries and the Caribbean. His goodwill and good humor infused jazz musicians and fans throughout the world with the genuine sense of jazz’s ability to transcend national and ethnic boundaries–for this reason, Gillespie was and is an international treasure.

Pre-Concert Artist Talk: Join Jon Faddis and PAC Director Seth Soloway for an informal conversation with the artists. 7pm sharp, free with your ticket.

After the Concert: CD signings with musicians Tom Harrell (“Moving Picture” 2017) and Bruce Harris (“Beginnings” 2017).

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It’s like nothing you’ll see or hear anywhere else. Jazz at The Center events are co-curated by Jon Faddis, Professor and Director of Jazz Performance in the Conservatory of Music at Purchase College, SUNY, and one of the most innovative and inspiring jazz trumpeters of our time. They are one-of-a-kind happenings, festival-style programs that bring together the genre’s greats and rising stars.