Trumpeter Jon Faddis will perform the Gil Evans/Miles Davis classic version of George Gershwin’s “Porgy & Bess” as solo guest artist with the Purchase Jazz Orchestra on April 8 at 7:30 PM at the Performing Arts Center Purchase College. Tickets $20. Box Office 914-251-6200 or online at www.artscenter.org.
Jazz trumpeter Miles Davis is renowned as one of the most important musicians of the 20th century and his collaboration with arranger Gil Evans over four sessions in 1958 created one of the greatest adaptations of this folk opera for a jazz orchestra. Evans adaptation was for a brass heavy pianoless ensemble featuring arresting tonal colors that made judicious use of tuba and woodwinds. It has a lively rhythm section for “Gone, Gone Gone.” And a brilliant scaled down seven note motif for “Summertime” and a dramatic climax to “My Man’s Gone Now.”
As a trumpeter Faddis summons and sustains searing, stratospherically high notes with his instrument, and also masterfully captures enchantingly soft, achingly thoughtful melodies. He evokes the voices of Armstrong, Davis, Eldridge and Gillespie in his music.
A member of the
Faddis began playing the trumpet at eight. He impressed Gillespie at the Monterey Jazz Festival when he was 15 and was invited to sit in with him at the famed Jazz Workshop in
After graduating from high school in
Two decades later, after countless recordings, tours, and appearances in the
The Purchase Jazz Orchestras performs big band jazz from all eras and is comprised of students from the renowned Jazz Program at the
Conductor Todd Coolman is a Grammy Award winning jazz bassist who heads the Jazz Program at